WORKSHOP – The Intelligent Library: Academic Libraries and AI
“For libraries the question is not so much what technology will be affected, but rather what technology, if any, will remain unaffected by AI” (Fernandez, 2016). The aim of this workshop is to identify some of the key characteristics of AI and to consider their potential impact on academic libraries. Some of AI – related developments are already impacting libraries, including chatbots and text and data mining, but they have not yet been widely implemented as standard services. These developments have the potential to enhance library services in various ways – improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing services. However, in the medium term, there are a number of AI-related developments on the horizon which are potentially transformative. This workshop will discuss the potential impact on libraries and how libraries can prepare to live with and harness the potential of AI.
The workshop will facilitate an exchange of experience in terms of the library role in exploring AI-based services. It will discuss what libraries can/should be doing individually, and what the library community can/should be doing collectively to address the challenges.