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  • 1.  Workshop Resolutions Here!

    Posted 16 days ago

    Hello Councilors!

    I think we had a positive reaction to this thing, so I think we should give it another shot! Here's the original explanation if you need to get up to speed:

    I'd like to propose we try something a bit different in preparation for Annual 2024 : let's try to bring back the spirit of Council Forum while hopefully avoiding some of its pitfalls. 

    If you have a resolution you're working on or have a completed resolution that you're going to move at the Annual proceedings, please post it here. We can talk about it, offer suggestions, shop it around to committees if needed, get advice, etc. It's my hope that using this asynchronous forum in the weeks leading up to Council convening and voting can increase our awareness of what's coming up while giving as many people as possible an opportunity to participate in the forum environment.

    Remember: you can't fight in here, this is the War Room!

    Gina Kromhout
    Chair, Council Training and Engagement Committee

    Gina Kromhout, MLIS (she/her/hers)
    YA Senior Librarian I
    Brooklyn Public Library
    2018 Emerging Leader

  • 2.  RE: Workshop Resolutions Here!

    Posted 16 days ago
    Edited by Tara Brady 15 days ago
    Hi Gina! This is not even a resolution yet but it's something I keep thinking 'this would be a great discussion to have in council forum' about so I am going to stick it here! 
    I've been thinking about where and how to start a conversation about best practices and policy surrounding AI. Some of you probably saw that this week there was a both hilarious and terrifying trial of a kind of an AI reference service when Google launched a feature to answer questions in search results. Some of the results were nonsense al, and some were serious and even potentially deadly ways. As information science professionals it feels like we should have something to say about AI that isn't just 'it's terrible, never use it!' OR 'it's, cool here are ways to can use it in libraries!' I want to see us have the critical conversations about its uses and pitfalls so we can develop real guidance for libraries. 
    Is that a working group? Does it start with an existing committee or unit? I don't even know the answer to THAT so I don't know where to begin. 
    Help me out, council! Who has thoughts?

  • 3.  RE: Workshop Resolutions Here!

    Posted 15 days ago

    Hi Tara,


    We're certainly grappling with AI at my college, and the library is necessarily a collaborator in the process.  Your suggestion is timely.


    It occurs to me that a Membership Initiative Group (MIG) might be a good home for conversation on this topic that could bridge what is likely happening in multiple divisions.  If there are enough interested people, it could come together and be formalized by COO:


    See you all next month!




    Peter Hepburn, EdD (he/him/his)

    ALA Treasurer, 2022-2025


  • 4.  RE: Workshop Resolutions Here!

    Posted 15 days ago
    Agreed that this would be a great conversation to have, wherever it winds up happening.

    I do know that Core has a new interest group devoted to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning:

    I don't know if any other divisions or other units have formed similar groups yet.


    Shanna Hollich, MLIS
    Pronouns: they/them

  • 5.  RE: Workshop Resolutions Here!

    Posted 15 days ago

    RUSA is forming an AI interest group.