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This is an archival site. We will not update it––but will keep it online for those who would like to use it as a reference.

Blockchain technology. It’s more than a buzzword, and it’s time librarians explore how it can be used to enhance the role played by libraries within their communities. Get involved in the research while the implementation of the technology is still in the infancy stage.

With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the San José State University School of Information is investigating ways that blockchain technology can be used by libraries as a community anchor to partner with other organizations and to support city/community goals.

Some suggestions for blockchain applications in libraries include building an enhanced metadata center, protecting Digital First Sale rights, supporting community-based collections, and facilitating partnerships across organizations.

As the research project unfolds, there are many questions yet to be answered about how blockchain technology might specifically be used and how much value it would add to library services and the communities they serve. Through a free global web conference designed for information professionals and national forum with technical experts, librarians have the opportunity to grow the technology beyond the typical usage and elevate their community impact.

Current Blockchain Events


Looking for events? Check out the calendar for the latest conferences and workshops. Previous events are also listed here.

Past Featured Events

Library 2.018, Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession │June 7, 2018 │Online│12:00 – 3:00 P.M. Pacific Time
Explore the potential uses of blockchain technology in libraries during this free web conference featuring keynote sessions and crowd-sourced presentations. Visit the conference website to register and to view the call for proposals.

National Forum │August 6, 2018 │San Jose, CA
This was an enlightening forum to identify and discuss key opportunities for libraries to serve as community anchors using blockchain technology. Nominations were submitted based on knowledge in librarianship, blockchain technology, and/or urban planning. Invited participants to the National Forum were eligible for funding provided by IMLS to support travel expenses.

This website has been created as part of the research project where visitors can access information and resources about blockchain technology, potential uses of blockchain technology by libraries, and project updates, along with a blog to foster open dialog. Explore the site for more information about this potentially revolutionary research.

The Blockchain Technology grant awarded to the SJSU School of Information was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LG-98-17-0209-17).