Blockchain Buzz: Hype, Speculative Applications, & Implications for the Information Professions
Faculty Presentation

Faculty Conference Presentation

Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Sandy Hirsh will present at LACUNY, which is a professional organization for library workers at CUNY.

The blockchain investigation coordinated by the San Jose State University iSchool provided clear directives to build use cases that test scalability and usefulness. Many of the blockchain experts who participated in the project contributed short essays for the recent ALA Library Futures publication, Blockchain.
This session will identify the issues, skepticism, and possible applications that involve blockchain technology. The presenters will also discuss the newest blockchain project proposal involving the implementation of a universal library card (ULC) using a specially developed library blockchain protocol that maintains personal identity privacy and security.
The ULC will support digital inclusion and digital literacy by enabling unencumbered access to library resources for disenfranchised and credentialed users. Libraries will continue to manage users with the existing technology infrastructures already in use in their home organizations with an API that will connect with each organization’s ILS platform.

Presenters: Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Sandy Hirsh
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Location: LACUNY Emerging Technologies Roundtable