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Libraries, AI and the messy middle

Introduces an annotated presentation about AI, libraries and a range of related issues. It is influenced by the consequences of considering AI as a new 'cultural technology.'
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Libraries, AI and the messy middle
Flying into Victoria, Vancouver Island

I am trying something new. I have recently been presenting about AI and libraries. I have annotated and augmented the presentation so that it is a little more self-standing than my usual more elliptical powerpoints.

By the messy middle, I mean that libraries are having to grapple with real questions about AI deployment, procurement and use. They may participate in discussions about bold futures or about grave risks. But they also have to provide advice to creators and consumers, create policies and guidelines, and evaluate the AI-enabled offerings of their vendors. Today.

Here is the presentation:

Libraries, AI And The Messy Middle
This presentations discusses a variety of issues around AI and its adoption in libraries.

And here are some additional links. For ease of presentation, I have loaded PDF and PPTX files.

I gave shorter versions of this presentation as keynotes at two interesting and rewarding meetings recently. I benefited greatly from the rich discussion and other presentations at each event, and am grateful to the organizers for the invitation.

  • California AI Libraries Summit, California State Library, Sacramento. 26 April 2024.
  • Vancouver Island Library Staff Conference 2024, University of Victoria, Victoria. 3 May 2024

Coda

For some additional perspectives see the following blog posts and short article.

Predicting the Unpredictable | American Libraries Magazine
AI is everywhere. Library decision makers must understand and weigh both constructive and problematic elements of this technology.

Inaugural column in this series. Introduces some issues around AI and argues for greater coordination among bodies representing library interests.

AI - LorcanDempsey.net
Posts about evolving AI story and its implications for libraries.

Blog posts on AI.

Generative AI and libraries: seven contexts
Libraries are engaging with AI in their educational, service and policy work. This post discusses seven contexts in which that work is taking place.

A recent discussion of libraries and AI.

Pictures: All pictures taken by me.

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