May 17, 2022

From LC Labs: “Machine Learning + Libraries: A Report on the State of the Field”

From an LC Labs Blog Post (via The Signal):

Digital collections in libraries are vast—and growing, as we continue to digitize cultural heritage materials and acquire new born digital collections.  At the same time, the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence has grown exponentially.  At LC Labs, we explore how technology can help fulfill the Library of Congress’s vision that “all Americans are connected to the Library of Congress,” sharing this knowledge and learning from others.  To this end, we are delighted to release a new report, “Machine Learning + Libraries: A Report on the State of the Field,” by Dr. Ryan Cordell.

Dr. Cordell is an Associate Professor of English at Northeastern University and an experienced digital humanities practitioner.  The report is part of the Library’s 2019 “Season of Machine Learning,” sponsored by LC Labs and the Digital Strategy Directorate.  The practical applications of machine learning have great potential to improve access, discovery, and engagement in library collections.  But, as Dr. Cordell points out, libraries are also in a position to lead broader conversations about responsible use of these technologies.

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97 pages; PDF.

See Also: Dr. Ryan Cordell’s Web Site

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