Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a fast-growing area globally and it is important if not critical for libraries to be engaged in greater understanding of its impact on the profession as well as library operations and services. IFLA provides the global professional network and platform for greater awareness and actions. The IFLA Statement on Libraries and AI issued in 2020 outlined key considerations and recommendations for the use of AI technologies in the library sector.

The establishment of the AI SIG supports and works towards implementing the recommendations as well as adding value and impact to that Statement on Libraries and AI. It will help consolidate discussions at IFLA around this dynamic area and facilitate alignment with that Statement. There continues to be many advances in the area and is an increasingly active topic in IFLA. As witnessed in WLIC 2021, there were sessions and discussions on AI and citizen science for improving health outcomes to building equity in an algorithmic society.

This unit is sponsored by the Information Technology Section.

This unit is part of the Professional Division B.