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Generative AI and Library Work’s Uncertain Future video clip

Generative AI and Library Work’s Uncertain Future

The impact of AI in general and generative AI in particular creates a great deal of uncertainty for the future of work, be it political uncertainty, economic uncertainty, social uncertainty, or technological uncertainty. Daniel Rasmus, founder and principal analyst of Serious Insights, has been researching how these impacts specifically affect librarians, with emphasis on access to information and necessary and emerging technology, analytics, AI’s evolving role, and more. He discusses a number of these areas of inquiry and his initial findings in this clip from his presentation at Internet Librarian Connect 2023.

The AI Tech on Display at the National Retail Federation's 2024 Show
by Terry Ballard
I might have missed the National Retail Federation event, NRF '24: Retail's Big Show, in New York altogether if it had not been for a public relations person who noticed some of my work writing about artificial intelligence (AI). She asked if I was attending and suggested I speak with the founder of PhotoRoom, an AI-based graphics program. With days to spare, I was able to secure a press pass and show up at the Javits Center on Jan. 15.

Weekly News Digests
Nexbib Enters the North American Library Market
Library technology solutions provider Nexbib has appointed Scott Hackstadt president of North America, signaling its expansion into the U.S. and Canadian markets.
EveryLibrary Begins the Libraries2024 Campaign
EveryLibrary introduced Libraries2024, "a new voter-facing campaign to promote issue advocacy and civic education about school libraries, public libraries, and the profession of librarianship in advance of Election Days throughout the 2024 cycle."
ZDNet Looks at the Ethics of Generative Artificial Intelligence
Min Shin, associate editor at ZDNET, writes the article, "The Ethics of Generative AI: How We Can Harness This Powerful Technology."
eLife Forms the Global South Committee for Open Science
eLife "set up the eLife Global South Committee for Open Science to learn directly from our peers in the Global South, so that we can strive to overcome these barriers in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and more diverse scientific communications."
LexisNexis Studies How Artificial Intelligence Is Affecting Law Firms
LexisNexis Legal & Professional released the "results from a survey of senior leadership at top U.S. law firms and legal professionals at Fortune 1000 companies. The survey was conducted to better understand the business impact of generative AI technology on the legal industry and how it is redefining itself."

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The 2024 Oscar Season at the Library
by Brandi Scardilli
It's a movie buff's favorite time of year: Oscar season. The 96th Academy Awards (aka the Oscars, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) will honor some of 2023's greatest movies on March 10, and public libraries are celebrating by hosting various programs. Read on to see what libraries are doing to bring awareness of the Oscar nominees to their patrons and what they think of this year's crop of nominees, including the 10 Best Picture contenders.

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