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Digital Shift Forum – How can libraries leverage the benefits of AI?

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RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

The series aims to promote cross-sector discussion and debate, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the benefit of RLUK members and the wider research and information management communities.

The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate.

New Digital Frontiers  – AI & Machine Learning in Libraries

Wednesday 26 June 2024, 14:00 – 15:00 (BST), 15:00 – 16:00 (CEST/SAST), 16:00 – 17:00 (EEST), 09:00 – 10:00 (EDT), 21:00 – 22:00 (AWST/CST)

New Digital Frontiers will explore the role AI and Machine learning can play in our libraries, the platforms we use, the challenges we face and the opportunities we have. This third event, in partnership with SCONUL and UKSG will explore how can libraries leverage the benefits of AI and what is on the horizon?

AI has had a profound impact on libraries and higher education in a very short space of time. Yet beyond the hype around generative AI, how can libraries benefit from AI in a practical sense and what can they actually do with it? And given the rapid pace of change, what’s likely to be on the horizon?

Join us for a panel discussion with representatives from library and educational software vendors and sector bodies. We’ll be exploring how libraries can navigate this journey, what role the software sector can play, and how libraries can support the ethical adoption of AI. There will be opportunity for audience members to post questions to our panellists.

The session will be chaired by Wendy White, Director of Library & Learning Services (University Librarian) at the University of Southampton and the panellists will include:

  • Michael Webb – Director of Technology & Analytics, Jisc
  • Christine Stohn – Senior Director of Strategy & Innovation, Clarivate
  • Thomas Padilla – Deputy Director, Archiving and Data Services at the Internet Archive
  • Ashleigh Faith, Director of AI and Semantic Innovation, EBSCO


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