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AI and Information Literacy: MLS Library AI Training

MLS Library AI Training Jane Stimpson

Generative AI and Information Literacy (Academic Libraries) 

Librarian Jane Stimpson: consultant with the Massachusetts Library System

Date: Fri, April 26 from 10:30 am – 12:00  pm.

Location: Zoom

Learning outcomes:

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe generative AI tools and applications currently impacting academic libraries and higher education.
  2. Critically evaluate AI-generated content and citations.
  3. Identify areas in which guidelines for using AI in scholarly work already exist or are needed.

Content outline:

    • 10:30 – 10:40 am: Introduction and activity to gauge participants’ current knowledge and feelings about AI)

    • 10:40 – 11:00 am: Big Idea 1: AI is already here
      • Types of AI tools currently available (very brief!)
      • Universities building custom LLMs and GPTs
      • Database vendors incorporating AI
    • 11:00 – 11:25 am: Big Idea 2: AI is flawed
      • Ethical and social concerns and challenges of generative AI
      • Strategies for determining if a citation is an AI hallucination
      • Grounded, research-focused AI tools to try instead of ChatGPT
    • 11:25 am – 11:45 am: Big Idea 3: We must understand and create guidelines for AI
      • Best practices for prompting
      • Academic integrity and syllabus policies for AI use
      • Citing use of AI in college and scholarly work
    • 11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Wrap-up and Q&A


There will be time for a Q&A session.

Jane Stimpson is a consultant with the Massachusetts Library System, where she consults in areas of library instruction and educational technology. Prior to joining MLS, Jane spent 13 years working in community college and joint-use libraries, specializing in instruction, reference, and outreach. She holds a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Williams College and an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. You can catch her presenting on AI topics at the Massachusetts Library Association conference in May and the American Library Association conference in June, and in "The AI Hour," a monthly online chat for MLS that is open to all.