Welcome to the IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence (AI) website  

We invite you to learn about 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 allows information professionals to develop effective and creative solutions to ensure equitable user information access despite limited resources and a competitive technological environment.


Becoming more familiar with artificial intelligence's (AI) disruptive qualities can lead to improved information services and user experience. Institutions can then pave individualized steps through AI integration.


Enquiry is the key to producing genuine results. Articulating goals through systematic processes allows for the greatest understanding and concrete solutions, especially in AI implementation.


Equitable and effective information access is created by considering socioeconomic status, disabilities, literacy, education, language, internet access, idea diversity, location, and  many other factors.

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.


IDEA Institute Sponsors

The 2021 IDEA Institute is sponsored in part by
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Funding: This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant: RE-246419-OLS-20