Introduction to AI Literacy with ChatGPT

ChatGPT is the most well-known generative AI tool. In this session, you’ll learn about the technology behind it and the basic principles behind generative AI. You’ll learn the definition of a large language model (LLM) and how it differs from a database. You’ll gain basic strategies for working with LLMs effectively and discuss some of the issues around copyright, bias, and why LLMs sometimes get facts wrong. You’ll also get ideas for how to take the AI literacy you’ve gained in the session and share it with colleagues and community members.

After participating in this session, you will:

  • Understand the basic technology behind large language models (LLMs)
  • Have basic skills for interacting effectively with LLMs (prompting)
  • Gain a basic knowledge of the ethical issues surrounding generative AI, including bias and copyright
  • Gain basic ideas for how to share AI literacy with others
Registration for this event is included in the Crash Course: Understanding and Using AI Tools in Library Programs and Services.

Demonstrations will include the use of both free and paid versions of these tools. You can do everything we talk about with free tools, but it’s recommended that you experiment with some of the paid tools in order to expand your knowledge of the possibilities. Pricing information will be provided.

Nicole Hennig is an expert in user experience and emerging technologies. She is currently an e-learning developer at the University of Arizona Libraries. Previously, she worked for the MIT Libraries as head of the user experience department. In her 14 years of experience at MIT, she won awards for innovation and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies, and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. You can sign up for her newsletter and learn more on her website.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

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