United States Government Finances Blockchain Project on Public Libraries Systems
The US government announced a $ 100,000 grant to a project involving exploring the application of Blockchain technology in public library systems.
The project will be carried out at the Research Foundation of San José State University. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is funding the initiative under the National Leadership Grants for Libraries.
The document states:
“The San Jose State University School of Information iSchool will investigate ways that blockchain technology can be used by libraries to partner with other organizations and to support city or community goals. The proposed National Forum would bring together 20-30 technical experts in libraries, blockchain technology, and urban planning to discuss ways that blockchain technology
can advance library services to support city or community goals. The resulting commentary from a project blog, national forum, and conference and the survey data will be evaluated and included in the project’s final report, which will be available online.“
IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said:
“We are delighted to announce today’s grant recipients whose projects are designed to have lasting benefits for the library and archives fields, These grants highlight how IMLS helps steer the nation’s investments in libraries and ensure that librarians are equipped to provide citizens access to the information, resources, and services they want and need.”
National Library Leadership Grants support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archives and which have the potential to advance in library and archival practice with new tools, research results, models, services, or alliances that can be widely replicated. The IMLS announced last week 49 grants to institutions totaling more than $ 10 million.
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