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SioC Speaker Series: Robot at the Reference Desk

November 13, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Albertsons Library, Room 105

The Social Impacts of Computing group, supported by a grant from the Boise State Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative (also known as HSSI), presents “AI and the Librarian” with Ellie Dworak at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, in Albertsons Library, Room 105.

Please RSVP for this event on the Sioc Speaker Series webpage.

About this event

Presenter: Ellie Dworak, Associate Professor and Research Data Librarian at Boise State

Abstract: “Computing in libraries dates back to the late 1930s, well before the introduction of online catalogs and databases, and library professionals have been experimenting with artificial intelligence since the early 1940s. This talk will explore the development of expert systems technologies, knowledge bases, and other historical efforts to automate the specialized knowledge of the experienced reference librarian, while also discussing potential future AI applications in library services.”

About this series

Future events in the series include:

  • Nov. 27 – Michelle Gregory, Senior Vice President of Data Science and AI and Chief Data Scientist, [24]

For more information about this series, contact Ed Ferrier in the Department of Philosophy at