IFLA’s AI SIG Releases: “Developing a Library Strategic Response to Artificial Intelligence” Working Document
The purpose of this working document is to set out considerations relevant for libraries developing a strategic response to Artificial Intelligence.
The text is organised around developing a set of questions that prompt reflection and action (section 4). It is hoped that the document can support local decision making about AI.
Initial ideas for the report were derived from an event run at the University of Sheffield in April 2023 (https://nationalcentreforai.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2023/06/05/library-strategy-and-artificial-intelligence/). An early version of this document as a working paper for comment was published on 4th June 2023. We would like to thank everyone who added thoughts and comments to this draft. We have also drawn in some data from a survey (N=111) linked to the Sheffield event and recirculated in July; respondents were a mix of HE and FE librarians and health librarians. As the audience was primarily in the UK this data should be understood as simply a snapshot of opinion in one context.
The working document is organized into the following sections:
- Section 1: Defining AI
- Section 2: Impact of AI on libraries
- Section 3 Strategic context and a library SWOT
- Section 4: Strategic responses to AI: Pros and cons
- Section 5: Three important strategies
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.