Measure the Future

Evenly Distributed

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01/30/15 to 02/06/17
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Media Innovation
Knight Library Initiative, Knight News Challenge

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Helping libraries better manage one of their greatest assets - the building itself - by using open hardware to track data about its public spaces.

While libraries in recent years have created makerspaces to provide access to open technology, this project will help libraries use open hardware devices to improve their own services. Librarian Jason Griffey, a former Knight Foundation Prototype Fund grantee, will train librarians to use open source hardware to better understand the library building itself, one of a branch’s most important assets. The hardware will measure a variety of factors in each room, so that libraries can make better, data-driven decisions on how to use their public spaces.

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Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is the founder of Evenly Distributed (, a technology consulting firm for libraries and education. Prior to that he spent years as Head of Library IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga. He is the author of multiple books and articles on libraries and technology, and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009. He speaks internationally on the intersection of technology and libraries.

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