Thursday, March 14, 2024

AI and Libraries Mini-Conference in Just One Week: Schedule Now Posted | 23 Sessions!

Our first Library 2.024 mini-conference: "AI and Libraries: Applications, Implications, and Possibilities," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, March 21st, 2024, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Time. Our conference schedule is now posted (see below). And don't forget that we've added a second day of presentations ("AI and Libraries - Part II") on April 18th since we received so many good proposals (also listed below). We currently have over 9,500 registrations.


How has artificial intelligence impacted library services, resources, and work so far? How have libraries responded to these evolving technologies to better support their communities? It's been over a year since generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT and Dall-E have been introduced in public spaces and consciousness, but AI has been around long before these tools yet there are still lingering concerns, challenges, and considerations. Join us for this free virtual conference to learn how libraries and library workers are engaging with artificial intelligence tools in their libraries from research support to information literacy to technical services. The conversations held in the conference will address the practical implications of these tools in the profession.

Our special conference chair is Dr. Raymond Pun, the Academic and Research Librarian at Alder Graduate School of Education, and the Immediate Past President of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and a Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).

We look forward to gathering online with you for this event!


This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 community to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote. 

Participants are encouraged to use #library2024 and #aiandlibraries on their social media posts about the event.


Ray Pun, Ed.D., MLS
ALA Presidential Candidate 2025-2026
Librarian, Alder Graduate School of Education
Immediate Past President, Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
Past President, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Dr. Ray Pun (he/him) is the academic and research librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education, a teacher residency program in California, where he supports all library services from scholarly communication to acquisition by engaging with graduate students and teacher educators. Previously, Pun worked and taught at Stanford University, Fresno State, New York University Shanghai, and the New York Public Library in various roles. Pun is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) and Library Freedom Project (LFP) and is the Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). In addition, Pun is an ALA Presidential candidate for 2025-2026.
IdaMae Craddock
Librarian, Albemarle County Public Schools, Community Lab Schools, Virginia

A 22 year veteran of Albemarle County, IdaMae Craddock, M.Ed is the librarian at the Community Lab Schools. Ms. Craddock has conducted seminars at the White House, the Bay Area MakerFaire, and South Carolina Association of School Libraries. Ms. Craddock is Virginia's 2019 Librarian of the Year and was named a Darden Fellow at Old Dominion University in 2019 as well. Winner of the Magna Award from the National Association of School Boards, her publishing credits include Library High-Tech, School Library Journal, and Knowledge Quest. The focus of her research is Maker Education and the role of school libraries in the community. Her program has been profiled by School Library Journal, Library Media Connection, NPR, and Edutopia. She has a precocious daughter, an understanding husband, and a lazy dog named Peacha.
Dr. Brandy McNeil
Deputy Director, Programs & Services. The New York Public Library

Dr. Brandy McNeil focuses on community needs through game-changing innovations to build successful adult education programs in the 89 branches under her stewardship across NYC. Building the highly successful TechConnect program, Dr. McNeil has established partnerships with Apple, Spotify, Google, and Microsoft to name a few. Through her inspirational leadership, she has made it her mission to help underserved communities to ensure equitable access to technology, knowledge, and opportunity. Dr. McNeil is also a contributing writer of the book titled Libraryland; It's All About The Story published in 2020 and has appeared in various publications. Dr. McNeil holds a Doctorate in Business and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship. Previously, she worked for several Fortune 500 companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Library Association and was on the Black Caucus of ALA Executive Board. In her spare time, she is an entrepreneur, consultant, and motivational speaker.
Leo S. Lo
Dean/Professor, College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico

Dr. Leo S. Lo (he, him, his) joined the University of New Mexico as Dean and Professor of the College of University Libraries and Learning Services (CULLS) in September 2021. He oversees over 120 full time faculty and staff and provides leadership for all University Libraries operations, Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) program, and the UNM Press.


Dr. Maggie Melo
Assistant Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science

Maggie Melo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, recognized for her expertise in studying information seeking behaviors among students from underrepresented communities in makerspaces. Her research focus extends to generative AI (GenAI), with an emphasis on how first-generation students of color use GenAI for academic help seeking. She is currently serving on the UNC Generative AI committee, where her role involves shaping guidance for faculty, researchers, and students in the use of generative AI tools. Her contributions in GenAI have gained recognition through talks, podcasts, and opinion pieces.


The following is the conference schedule. To receive the Zoom links for the conference, please register (those links will be available to registrants the day before the conference).

MARCH 21st, 2024
12:00 pm US - Pacific Standard Time

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  • OPENING KEYNOTE: Ray Pun, Ed.D., MLS | IdaMae Craddock | Dr. Leo S. Lo | Dr. Brandy McNeil (Link to bios)

1:00 pm US - Pacific Standard Time
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  • A Framework for AI Literacy in Libraries: Paul R. Pival, Research Librarian – Data Analytics, University of Calgary (Link to proposal)
  • Artificial Intelligence Teamwork for Agricultural Information Service Delivery in a Changing World: a Paradigm Shift: Dr. Taiwo Bosede Ajayi, Lagos State University of Science and Technology Library, Lagos (Link to proposal)
  • Classroom Faculty and Librarians Introducing Artificial Intelligence in the Research Process: Beth Evans, Scholarly Communication & Electronic Resources Librarian, Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (Link to proposal)
  • Deliberately Safeguarding Privacy and Confidentiality in the Era of Generative AI: Reed Hepler, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Archivist, College of Southern Idaho (Link to proposal)
  • Practical application of AI for evaluating music to build a music library: Jane Gilvin, Research, Archives & Data Information Specialist 3, NPR Research, Archives & Data Strategy team (Link to proposal)
  • Research Focused Generative AI Tools: Breanne Kirsch, University Librarian, Briar Cliff University (Link to proposal)
  • What AI can do with manuscript collections: Sonia Yaco, Digital Initiatives and Emerging Technologies Librarian, Rutgers University (Link to proposal)

 1:30 pm US - Pacific Standard Time
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  • Alternatives to Generative AI for Library Research: Allison Faix, Instruction Coordinator, University Libraries, Coastal Carolina University | Samantha Duncan (Link to proposal)
  • At the Helm of Innovation: Librarians at the Forefront of AI Engagement and Integration: Jamillah Scott-Branch, Acting Director of Library Services, Georgetown University Qatar | Robert Laws, Data, Web, and Media Services Librarian | Paschalia Terzi, Instructional Services Librarian (Link to proposal)
  • Build your own AI Tools: Scripting with Google’s PaLM and Python for Librariea: Eric Silberberg, Instructional design and education librarian, Queens College, City University of New York (Link to proposal)
  • Exploring AI in Public Libraries: Programs for Communities: Aryamala Prasad, Researcher in Digital Government, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany | Zong-Xian Huang | Mila Gascó-Hernandez | J. Ramon Gil-Garcia (Link to proposal)
  • Impact of AI on Academic Library Research Support Services: Dr. Olga Koz, Kennesaw State University (Link to proposal)
  • Navigating Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) in K-12 Education through a Librarian's Lens: Delandrus Seales, Teaching & Learning Librarian, Randall Library, Academic Research & Engagement Team, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Link to proposal)
  • Using AI for Teaching & Information Literacy: Claire Nickerson, Learning Initiatives and Open Educational Resources Libraria, Fort Hays State University, Forsyth Library | Heather VanDyne, Online Learning Librarian (Link to proposal)

 2:00 pm US - Pacific Standard Time
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  • AI Literacy at Lunchtime: Texas Tech University Library’s Discussion-Based Workshop Series: Erin Burns, STEM Librarian, Texas Tech University | Jenni Jacobs, STEM Librarian | Brian Quinn, Graduate Studies Librarian | Josh Salmans, Philosophy, Museum Studies and History Librarian (Link to proposal)
  • Bridging the Gap, Fighting Manipulation: Perspectives on AI and libraries from the South: Santiago Villegas-Ceballos, Digital Transformation for Libraries Consultant & AI Literacy Advocate in Latinamerica, @MedeJean (Link to proposal)
  • Engaging Our Power Beyond Algorithmic Bias: Reframing and Resisting AI Empire: Sarah Appedu, PhD student, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University (Link to proposal)
  • Generative AI and Authorship: Robin Kear, Liaison Librarian, University of Pittsburgh (Link to proposal)
  • Harnessing the Potential of AI Technologies to Enhance Student Success.: Muhammad Hassan, Executive Director, Kean University | Linda Cifelli, Research Librarian | Craig Anderson, Access Librarian (Link to proposal)
  • Improving Library Website Usability with AI: Sharon Clapp, Associate Librarian, Digital Resources, Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University (Link to proposal)
  • The Many Flavors of AI: Terms, jargon, and definitions you NEED to know: Caroline Coward, Information Science Manager & Library Group Supervisor, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Link to proposal)

 2:30 pm US - Pacific Standard Time
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  • CLOSING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Dr. Ray Pun with Dr. Maggie Melo (Link to bios)


We had an incredible number of proposals submitted for our mini-conference so we are going to hold a "Part II" on Thursday, April 18th. The presenters for the following proposals have been invited to participate. All registered attendees for our main event will be sent information about this second event! You can comment on the proposals directly and/or communicate with the potential presenters (must have joined and be logged into to do so). 

  • AI and Information Literacy: How the Overuse of Chatbots Suppress the Information Literacy Development of College Students: Kelsey Gallagher, Assistant Director of Libraries, UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ (Link to proposal)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Scholarly Literature Searching: Magic Bullet Or Missing the Mark?? Session Proposal: Peter Webster. Information Technology Services Librarian, Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada (Link to proposal)
  • Automating the Brainstorm with ChatGPT: Olivia Peltier, Instruction Librarian, Edith Garland Dupre Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Link to proposal)
  • Developing a ChatGPT Workshop: An Academic Librarian’s Response to Evolving AI Technologies: Janice Kung, Librarian, University of Alberta (Link to proposal)
  • Everybody Breathe: Strategies for Discussing AI with Instructors: Stephanie Warden, MSLS, Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin - Superior (Link to proposal)
  • From Information Sessions to Integration: A Rural Library's Journey with GenAI: Sean Jensen, Library Clerk, Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library Hayward (Link to proposal)
  • Knowing and Growing: Leveraging AI: Creating Dynamic Teaching for the Future: Dr. Sean Cordes, Western Illinois University Libraries (Link to proposal)
  • Planning a Credit-Bearing Course on AI and Information Literacy: Alyssa Russo, Learning Services Librarian, University of New Mexico | David A. Hurley (Link to proposal)
  • Preparing Patrons to Use Generative AI Tools in the Workplace: Reed Hepler, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Archivist, College of Southern Idaho (Link to proposal)
  • Preserving and Presenting the History with the Future: AI Applications in Special Collections and Archives: Reed Hepler, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Archivist, College of Southern Idaho (Link to proposal)
  • Proactively Enhancing Patron Technology Literacy: Reed Hepler, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Archivist, College of Southern Idaho (Link to proposal)
  • State Libraries, Artificial Intelligence, and the Workforce: SLAAIT: Don Means (Link to proposal)
  • The Three Cs of AI-Generated Content: Copyright, Citation, and Circumspection: Reed Hepler, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Archivist, College of Southern Idaho (Link to proposal)
  • Using AI robots with Neurodivergent Youth for a library based Robot Mediated Behavior Intervention program: Cheryl Eberly, Principal Librarian – Young Adult/Volunteer Services, Santa Ana Public Library | Larry Singer, PsyD (Link to proposal)


This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 community to be kept updated on this and future events. 


The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.


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