ALA Unit/Subunit: LITA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has surfaced as a much-discussed technology trend due to the recent remarkable developments in areas such as self-driving cars, automated journalism, and robots. While AI may still be a new concept to many librarians and library professionals, AI technology will have a far-reaching impact to almost every aspect of our lives in the near future from education to economy. And libraries are no exception.
This program will provide an overview of what AI technology is, how it enables the so-called “intelligent machines,” and why it is crucial for libraries to pay attention to this new trend. This program will also discuss the AI Lab created at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Libraries through the URI Libraries' close collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, the first of its kind located in a library setting.