Welcome to the IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence (AI) website.  We invite you to learn about and apply to the one-week professional development program for library and information professionals, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and explore the resources.

The key drivers of the IDEA Institute are:

Innovation. Information institutions are engaged in ensuring that their users have information to enhance their everyday and professional lives. Innovation drives information professionals to be on the constant search for effective and creative solutions for equitable access to information in a technologically and globally competitive environment, with limited resources.

Disruption. In today's fast-paced world, emerging technologies, social challenges and climate change are some of the critical factors that disrupt current information practices. By embracing disruption, library and information institutions can pivot in order to tackle the associated challenges and opportunities. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the five most disruptive, innovative technologies with numerous applications that information institutions can use to improve services and provide better user experience.

Enquiry. In order to drive change that is results/outcome-based, it is critical to engage a problem-solving approach that is driven by enquiry. By articulating goals and questions, solutions and understanding are developed using systematic and evidence-based processes.

Access. Equitable and effective access to information is the goal of information institutions and the systems that they manage. Access requires consideration and addressing a number of factors such as socioeconomic status, disabilities, literacy, education, language, internet access, diversity of ideas, and physical location, among others.

The IDEA Institute values equity, diversity and inclusion:

The IDEA Institute on AI is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the program in order to deepen the knowledge and skills of library and information professionals in using artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance information access, discovery and services for users, independent of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and other dimensions of potential inequity.


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Funding: This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services planning grant: RE-246419-OLS-20