Spring University Scholar Concludes with Talk on Blockchain

Dr. Sandy Hirsh, left, and Dr. Sue Alman, presented their research at the National Blockchain Forum in August 2018.

Dr. Sandy Hirsh, left, and Dr. Sue Alman, presented their research at the National Blockchain Forum in August 2018.

The spring 2019 University Scholar Series will conclude May 8 with a talk on “Blockchain: Transformative Applications for Libraries and Education” by Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the School of Information. The final talk fo the series will be Wednesday, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library Room 225/229. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Hirsh has led an 18-month investigation of blockchain applications and use cases for libraries that has been informed by technology experts from libraries, blockchain developers and urban planners. The project was named by Forbes as one of the 20 ways the new technology will transform education. Read more about her research with Dr. Sue Alman, lecturer in the School of Information online.

This spring, Hirsh will publish a book, Blockchain, as part of the Library Future Series and a massive open online course (MOOC) entitled “Blockchain and Decentralization for Library and Information Science” will be offered as part of the project.

Hirsh published a second edition of her book Information Services Today: An Introduction in 2018 and co-founded the Library 2.0 global virtual conference series in 2011.