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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Dealing With AI Disruption in Your Library video clip

Dealing With AI Disruption in Your Library

Nick Tanzi, author at The Digital Librarian and assistant director of the South Huntington Public Library, discusses the disruptive impact of AI in library tech and strategies for managing and harnessing it in this clip from his presentation at Internet Librarian Connect.

Constitutional AI Can Be an Important Part of AI Governance
by Kashyap Kompella
Large language models (LLMs) have captured our imagination with their impressive text-generation capabilities. While OpenAI's ChatGPT is the most well-known LLM application, there are several other LLMs, including Google's PaLM, Meta's LLaMA, and Anthropic's Claude. In addition to these general-purpose LLMs, there are domain-specific LLMs such as BloombergGPT for finance professionals, Med-PaLM for healthcare workers, and Casetext for lawyers.

Other types of generative AI include image generators (which generate images based on natural-language inputs or text-to-image AI), text-to-video AI, and text-to-code AI. The focus of this NewsBreak is on text-based LLMs, which have been trained on a huge corpus of text content and can be useful for text generation, summarization, translation, Q&A, and many other scenarios. Organizations both large and small are very interested in leveraging these powerful capabilities.

Weekly News Digests
USAID Studies the Fight Against Misinformation
by Dave Shumaker
A new review of misinformation countermeasures compares research and applications in the Global North and South.
ZDNET Reports Stats on AI Usage in the Workplace
"Many users of generative AI in the workplace are leveraging the technology without training, guidance, or approval from their employers, according to new research from Salesforce."
The Bookseller Talks to Publishers About Their Continued Use of X
"Since business magnate Elon Musk completed his buyout of the [Twitter, now X] networking site in 2022, there have been a number of changes, notably to the platform's verification policies, stripping verified blue ticks from accounts which hadn't signed up for its paid-for subscription service."
Inside Higher Ed Shares Ways to Cope With the Student Loneliness Epidemic
"On the first stop in his 'We Are Made to Connect' campus tour, U.S. surgeon general Vivek Murthy visited Duke University Oct. 25 to spread his message about the importance of social connection."
Digital Science Examines the Current State of the Sustainable Development Goals
"2023 marks the halfway point between 2015 (the entry point of the [United Nations] Sustainable Development Goals—SDGs), and 2030 (the end point of the SDGs). As it stands currently, the world is off track to achieving the SDGs and action is necessary to accelerate their implementation."

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Three Years of Pandemic Life: A Roundup of Information Today's COVID-19 Content
by Brandi Scardilli
The day Information Today's office closed because of a new virus called COVID-19—March 16, 2020—was the same day we sent the April 2020 issue to the printer. I don't have to remind you of the fear and uncertainty of those mid-March days. The first issue we worked on at home, May 2020 (which became May/June 2020 because of the upheaval of that time), was the first one to address what we were living through. Now that the pandemic has waned (i.e., the public health emergency has been declared over) and COVID has become yet another virus we live with (albeit one that should continue to be taken seriously), I wanted to compile a record of Information Today's COVID coverage as a resource for future researchers.

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