May 25, 2022

Webinar Recording: “The Academic Library and Artificial Intelligence: Some Possible Futures”

The RLUK (Research Libraries UK) Digial Shift Forum “The Academic Library and Artificial Intelligence: Some Possible Futures” took place on September 15, 2021. A video recording is embedded below.

Slides from the presentation are available here.

Andrew Cox, Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield


The term ‘artificial intelligence’ has many meanings, past and present. In its current guise it has many potential applications in HE. An important aspect of this is the increasing use of data science techniques, such as machine learning, in research across all disciplines: from digital humanities, computational social science through to more obvious applications in the sciences.

As data science skills are increasingly in demand in many sectors of the economy so there is an employability driver for it being taught in many disciplines. There are a number of ways academic libraries are already and could in the future be involved in supporting this activity: such as through providing content, licensing proprietary platforms or participating in academic led support communities. This talk presents the options and offers an analysis of which are most likely, drawing on an understanding of the professional knowledge base, balanced with a sense of wider institutional demands.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.