Blog topic: Digital library

An artwork by James Bridle that shows a car surrounde by a solid white line an a broken white line.

Is learning about AI in libraries preparation for a future without librarians?

April 1, 2020
by Catherine Nicole Coleman

The image associated with this post is from "Autonomous Trap" by James Bridle.

If you attended or watched the talks at Fantastic Futures December 2019, you know that the answer to that question is emphatically No. Both of the keynote speakers addressed the essential role of libraries in providing curated data to improve AI and in preserving the data, models, and records for oversight of how the technology is implemented. Lightning talks (recordings available) demonstrated applications of AI by practitioners operating within libraries, archives, and museums. And Teemu Roos presented Elements of AI, a free online course for everyone designed to demystify AI.

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Lighting the Way Forum presentations now available for viewing and downloading

March 27, 2020
by Mark A. Matienzo

Presentations and recorded question and answer sessions from Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery are now available for viewing and downloading from the Stanford Digital Repository. All videos can be streamed and downloaded, and presentations also include source slides for download. To view the presentations, please visit the Presentations page on the Lighting the Way Forum site, or see the collection in SearchWorks.

Discovery and discoverability for Spotlight at Stanford exhibits

March 24, 2020
by Catherine A. Aster

New features available for Spotlight at Stanford

In early March 2020, an engineering team from Digital Library Systems and Services concluded a 2-month work cycle to make significant improvements to Spotlight at Stanford, our platform that supports digital showcases for research and teaching -- also known as "exhibits." As requested and highly prioritized by Stanford Libraries' curators, bibliographers and other exhibit creators, we released new features that enhance both discoverability and discovery for exhibits. The new features are described in detail, below.

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Lighting the Way working meeting postponed; virtual meeting to be held June 8-10, 2020

March 10, 2020
by Mark A. Matienzo

The Lighting the Way project has elected to postpone its forthcoming working meeting indefinitely as Stanford Libraries and Stanford University continues to monitor the local and global developments of COVID-19. At this point, no further arrangements have been made, and no specific dates have been set to reschedule the working meeting, although we are looking potentially rescheduling the meeting for later this summer or early this fall.

Technology should reflect the ethos of the library

At the VALA2020 conference on Libraries and Technology last month I stated, as I have in numerous other presentations, reports, and recommendations, that implementations of technology (and I am usually speaking about AI) in libraries should reflect the ethos of the library. I say this not because the ethos of the library is correct, just, or even well-defined; but it is something to which we who work in libraries can be held accountable.

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