AI Empowerment for Library Staff: Ethical, Equitable, and Engaging Solutions

Registration for this course is limited to 50 seats.

AI Empowerment for Library Staff is a four-week virtual course designed to equip library staff with a comprehensive understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), its ethical implications, and practical tools to better serve the local library community.

The course is made up of four modules. Module 1 introduces AI fundamentals, key technologies, and real-world library applications. Module 2 delves into ethical and equity considerations, addressing bias, equitable access, data privacy, and security. Module 3 explores AI tools for library services, including AI-driven administrative practices, service design, and community engagement using chatbots and virtual assistants, and streamlining operations through automation and analytics. Module 4 focuses on building community relationships using AI. Participants will learn about AI-powered tools for community engagement and collaborative platforms for connecting with local organizations, vested partners, and systemically marginalized communities.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming various industries across the globe, and libraries are no exception. As a library staff member, it is essential to stay informed about the latest AI technologies, their ethical implications, and their potential to help create equitable and engaging library services. A hands-on project component will enable participants to apply their newly acquired skills in a real-world library setting.

Through participation in this course, you will:

  • Develop a foundational understanding of artificial intelligence, including its key concepts, technologies, and real-world applications for libraries.
  • Explore the ethical and equity considerations related to AI in library services.
  • Discover AI tools and platforms that can assist you in planning, designing, and delivering library services.
  • Learn about AI-driven solutions to foster stronger community relationships between library staff and vested partners, such as local organizations and members of systemically marginalized communities.
  • Apply AI concepts and tools in a hands-on project to address a real-world library challenge, strength, or opportunity

Linda W. Braun is the principal of The LEO group. Over the past 25 years she has worked with a variety of libraries and learning institutions to design and implement community-based services. Linda recognizes that each community is unique and works with clients on developing solutions and leveraging opportunities for their specific audience. Linda has a MEd from Lesley University and a MS in LS from Simmons University.

Juan Rubio is an expert in educational technology who designs learning experiences with a focus on participatory design within an equity framework. He has designed curricula for professionals in cultural institutions such as Tribeca Film Institute, New York Department of Education, Brooklyn Public Library, and Carnegie Hall. He has a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School University in New York City and studied film at Howard University School of Communications in Washington D.C. At present, he serves as the digital media and learning program manager at The Seattle Public Library.

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