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What Do Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ethics of AI Mean in the Context of Research Libraries?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming ubiquitous. With so much underway in the field, there is a need for research libraries to act, starting with clarifying AI ethics policies, principles, and practices. A recent issue of ARL’s Research Library Issues (RLI), opens a conversation about the ethical implications of artificial intelligence in the context of knowledge production, dissemination, and preservation.

In the introduction to the issue, ARL executive director Mary Lee Kennedy sets the context for the conversation, looking at the use of the term “artificial intelligence” over time and at AI ethics initiatives underway in 2019 in the US, Canada, and globally. Kennedy concludes that “now is the time for research libraries to collectively understand and address a host of ethical questions . . . so that research libraries will continue to serve as trusted advisors to our users, and as responsible collectors, disseminators, and preservers of knowledge.”

Read Kennedy’s article, “What Do Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ethics of AI Mean in the Context of Research Libraries?” on the ARL Digital Publications website.

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