AI for libraries: Part 1 – Libraries as AI customer

Start & End Date : 
Thursday, May 5, 2022



AI tools are already in use across HE, including in libraries, and have the power to deliver improved user experiences for students and academic staff through, for example, chat services and improved and personalised recommender and discovery services. They also offer the possibility of making better use of our own user data; content creation and surfacing collections through innovative approaches to metadata generation and use.


Some libraries will choose to create their own projects and tools, but for others our primary engagement with the new technologies will be as customers. This event will consider what it means to engage critically with these technologies and the possibilities and challenges that they offer. What tools do we need to assess value? How do we ensure that the products and underlying data sets we employ are ethically grounded? What do we need to do to ensure that our workforce is AI literate to an appropriate level?



  • Dr Mhairi Aitken, Ethics Research Fellow, Turing Institute
  • Andy McGregor, Director of edtech, Jisc
  • Elena Villaespesa, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute School of Information


This event is part of the Libraries After Lockdown virtual collaboration and open to all staff at SCONUL member institutions.  For details on how to register e-mail