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Use of artificial intelligence in the library services: prospects and challenges

Abid Hussain (Abid Hussain (abidhussain@issi.org.pk) is based at Deputy Director Library, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 10 January 2023

Issue publication date: 16 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the emerging technologies of this time. It has been associated with several trades like business, defense, health and education, but its role in library services will foster intelligent decisions. AI is a widely used technology in library services that can transform the best services in the age of information technology. This paper aims to highlight the use of AI in library operations. Several research have been undertaken on this subject, but that only address a few applications. This paper highlights the pros and cons of AI in library services. AI and libraries have a substantial nexus; nevertheless, the use and awareness of AI in library services are still creating question marks addressed in this paper. This study will help the policy stakeholder, librarians and scholars in the field to address these issues before the deployment of AI in library services.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on a qualitative method using content analysis techniques. Extant literature was explored on the subject and was analyzed for this study. This study highlights the pros and cons of AI in library services and its possible solutions.

Findings

The findings of this study show that AI is a vibrant technology that can be used in library services; however, some obstacles like adequate funds, the attitude of librarians and technical skills are a few obstacles that hamper AI in library operations. The findings also reveal that using AI in library operations will accelerate libraries in the right direction. Furthermore, this study highlights various applications that can be deployed without spending costs.

Originality/value

This study covers the understanding of AI in library services that will help the librarian's information professionals leverage AI in library scenarios. Furthermore, the practical implication of AI in library services will bring positive change in implementing AI. Social implications: This study will motivate library professionals to take advantage of AI in library services and further accelerate library operations in the right direction.

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Citation

Hussain, A. (2023), "Use of artificial intelligence in the library services: prospects and challenges", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 40 No. 2, pp. 15-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-11-2022-0125

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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