Staying Current with AI Technology and Promoting AI Literacy

Developments in generative AI are happening very quickly, and keeping up with these changes is vital to understanding and using AI tools. It can be difficult to sort out truth from hype in media coverage, so in this session, you’ll learn about some of the best sources and strategies for staying current. We’ll also look at what’s currently on the horizon for new developments with these tools and how you can stay on top of things as they evolve.

After participating in this session, you will:

  • Gain an overview of the best sources for keeping current with AI developments
  • Get perspective on how we can separate hype from facts in AI coverage in the media
  • Understand what developments are expected in the near future
  • Get ideas for how you can share the knowledge you’ve gained in this series
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.

    If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at or at 312-280-5100.