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Artificial intelligence arrives in the library

Bruce Massis (Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Information and Learning Sciences

ISSN: 2398-5348

Article publication date: 27 April 2018

Issue publication date: 20 September 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this column is to examine artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential relationship to the library.

Design/methodology/approach

Literature review and commentary on this topic have been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners.

Findings

The very disruptive nature of any new technology could be viewed as a threat to many institutions, including the library. But with the eventual acceptance and incorporation of AI into its services, it is certainly possible to speculate that this latest technology “intrusion” could also offer many potential positive enhancements into a multitude of library services, many of which are only being examined, considered and piloted in their early stages of development.

Originality/value

The value in exploring this topic is to present a look at the potential of using AI in the library and to open a discussion of its potential benefits.

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Acknowledgements

Declaration: The author declares that there is no potential conflict of interest in the research.

Citation

Massis, B. (2018), "Artificial intelligence arrives in the library", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 119 No. 7/8, pp. 456-459. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-02-2018-0011

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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