Blockchain technology uses a distributed database that organizes data into records (blocks) that have cryptographic validation and are time stamped and linked to previous records so that they can only be changed by those who own the encryption keys to write to the files (Marr, 2017). The underlying technology of blockchains will most likely represent a second era of the internet (Kris Seeburn, 2016). This technology could impact the library in many different perspectives such as possibility of a new Interlibrary loan system; community collection building platform; ebook distribution system, etc. I would like to talk about how Blockchain can change library operation and what are the applications currently piloting in the library field.
Discussion to follow from 10:40 – 11:00 am.