Join us for a provocative and interactive open session on the hot topic of how Generative AI could impact our profession now and in the future!

22.8.2023, Tuesday, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Room: Dock 1
Session 097 – Will Generative AI be a friend or foe in the future of librarianship?

The Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship and the Artificial Intelligence Special Interest Groups are pleased to invite you to a joint session exploring generative AI and libraries.

Generative AI is a technology with the potential to revolutionize the future of libraries. Like most new and growing technologies its implications, both negative and positive, are still being realized. These AI tools have generated a lot of debate, in the hopes and worries of many industries. Last fall, the release of ChatGPT accelerated these inevitable conversations, particularly in the world of libraries and academia.

While generative AI has enormous potential for innovation and could be the next revolutionary disruption, there are issues that need to be addressed, many of which have yet to be discovered. In this session, we will employ six provocateurs with different backgrounds, professional foci, and points of view to stimulate discussion with participants about the future of generative AI and libraries, including its potential and possible pitfalls.

The format for the session will be 6 + 6 + 3 (6 provocateurs, 6 minutes talk, and 3 slides) presentations followed by a panel discussion with broader engagement of audience. Our six-person panel includes speakers from five continents to present provocative perspectives of their views on the theme. We plan to leave plenty of time to engage the audience in discussion.


Mojca Rupar-Korosec, Ph.D.

Title: Ethical data literacy in Library

Mojca Rupar Korošec comes from the National and University Library (NUK) Slovenia. She has a Ph.D. in Aristotelian ethics and works as a Library Councillor and a member of the NUK Research Group. She is the National and University Library representative to the Slovenian Open Science Community and works as the open science bulletin at the University of Ljubljana.
With the assumption of her editorial role, the journal Library moved to a new online environment.
As the head of the working group (the new RDA Bibliographic Standard Implementation Plan), she was appointed as the EURIG representative from Slovenia to the Committee. She is also a member of the IFLA AI SIG.

Fehintola N. Onifade

Title: Generative AI Versus Intellectual Capacity and Knowledge Development: A Trending Crisis

Prof. Fehintola Nike Onifade is the immediate past University Librarian of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. She also doubles as a lecturer in the Dept of Communication and General Studies, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development at the same University. She has a B.A (Hons) degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos. She obtained a Master’s and a PhD. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prof. Onifade is an active member of the Nigeria Library Association and a Certified Librarian of Nigeria (CLN). She is an Associate of the Mortenson Centre for International Library Program University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA (2009). Moreover, Prof Onifade is currently the Vice-Chairperson of the Association of Women Librarians in Nigeria and has published many scholarly articles on librarianship, information studies and knowledge management in local and international journals.

I-Ling Cheng

Title: Should Generative AI Be Embraced or Restricted in Libraries?

I-Ling Cheng is an Assistant Professor with the Graduate Institute of Library and Information Sciences, National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taichung, Taiwan since 2019. She received the Ph.D. degree in library and information science from the School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh (PITT), PA, USA, in 2015.  Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she was a Research Associate specializing in digital learning technology and digital curation at the National Palace Museum, Taiwan. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Information Management, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she focused on e-learning, gesture-based learning, K-12 teachers’ technological integration, human’s information seeking, and user usability. Her current research interests include data and information organization, human–computer Interaction, user usability, information architecture and visualization, multimedia information retrieval, and human-centered artificial intelligence.

Sadariyah Ariningrum Widjiastuti

Title: Reference Service Crisis in Research: A Threat or Opportunity for Librarians?

Ariningrum is a librarian in National Library of Indonesia. She works to promote reading culture in society and analyze libraries. She has a Master of Science in Communication Management and Bachelor of Humaniora in Library and Information Science from University of Indonesia. Her research interests are centered around reading culture, literacy, and social media. She is particularly interested in how human behavior adapted with technology. Additionally, she is keenly interested in learning culture, heritage, education, communication, information and technology.

Leo S. Lo

Title: Prompting the Future: Librarians at the Intersection of AI and Prompt Engineering

Dr. Leo S. Lo is an academic leader with a passion for integrating technology into library science. He currently serves as the Dean and Professor of the College of University Libraries and Learning Services at the University of New Mexico, where he provides strategic leadership for all library operations, as well as degree programs and university press. Dr. Lo is a respected author and speaker on topics related to library science, leadership, and education. He is committed to ensuring that academic libraries remain at the forefront of innovation and play a vital role in the success of the university.

Rossana Morriello

Title: Generative AI improving library collection discovery trough inclusive and documented metadata

She holds a PhD in Book and Documentation Studies from the University of Rome Sapienza. She currently works as a librarian in Sustainability Services at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, where she previously was a research support librarian for research evaluation. She has worked for twelve years as a digital resources librarian at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. She is a member of IFLA Environment Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB). She is the author of over 140 publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals, chapters in books, conference proceedings and book publications. She is a member of the research group “Libraries, Reading, Artificial Intelligence” of the University of Turin.