Internet, Technology and the Changing Role of Libraries


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David Lee King, Jason Griffey, and Marshall Breeding will share an hour in a discussion panel that aims to familiarize attendees of the 23rd Special Library Association-Arabian Gulf Chapter with new technology trends in the library world. While Jason will be focusing on the decentralization of the Internet, David will tackle the online shifts in the library and Marshall will be talking about the latest trends in the Library Technology Industry; all of them possess significant information that we hope they will communicate to the audience to help them understand the impact of new technologies in changing the current and future role of the library.

David’s Topic:

David will be tackling Website and online shifts in the library and how that affects library service; he will also introduce the Internet of Things - what it is and how it might impact library services in the near future, to end up with Smart machines and the impact they might have on the future of the library.

Jason’s Topic:

Jason will focus on the decentralization of the Internet via Blockchain and other technologies as well as technological ubiquity, near-future disruptions, and how the role of the library as archive and repository shifts as a result of these changes.

Marshall's Topic:

Marshall Breeding will give an overview of some of the recent trends in the library resource management and discovery products and the companies involved in their development. He will also cover some of the major industry events trends.

Session format

The session format is an interactive Davos-style dialogue. It will have 2 panelists and a moderator. Each speaker is allocated 20 minutes, and the remaining 20 minutes will be saved for an open discussion with audience. It is highly recommended not to use PowerPoint presentations or formal speeches since the main goal of the session is to have a dynamic interaction with the audience.

Session Moderator

Houeida Kammourié

Houeida is the InfoCommons Librarian at the Lebanese American University (LAU) Libraries, Beirut-Lebanon. She is in charge of the Serials/Electronic Resources and Reference/Information Literacy Departments. Houeida is very active in marketing LAU Libraries resources and services, with focus on social media. She is the Chair of the Lebanese Academic Library Consortium. Houeida attended the EDUCAUSE Leading Change Institute program (2013). She holds a Masters in Management of Library and Information Services from the University of Wales, a Masters in History from Paris IV (La Sorbonne), and started in 2016 pursuing her PhD in Library and Information Science at the Lebanese University. Houeida worked in corporate and academic environments, and has several papers and workshops presented in different conferences. She volunteered as Proposal Reviewer for EDUCAUSE 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Conferences.


David Lee King

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs at

Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed , a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits. Jason is a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies hyperlocal micronetworks such as his LibraryBox project and works on technologies that provide open and robust access to information for the future, such as blockchain and other decentralization technologies. He is the creator and director of both the LibraryBox Project and Measure the Future More about Jason can be seen at his homepage and on his blog Pattern Recognition .

Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report published by American Libraries since 2014. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics throughout the United States and internationally.

Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science. More details are available here: