The IDEA Institute on AI aims to recruit and create a diverse, intellectually robust cohort of Fellows that is engaged in real-world learning experiences, and valuable professional networking among the cohort and with instructors that will continue after the grant-period. In addition, Fellows will have opportunities to learn what it means to be change agents to lead the adoption of  disruptive, transformative technology, while being strategic and agile. As members of two diverse cohorts of leaders (IMLS-funded and self-funded Fellows), they will spark future innovation, collaboration, and dissemination of AI in library and information environments.

2021 IDEA Institute Fellows




Martha Anderson Head, Digital Services Department University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Libraries
Shelly Black Libraries Fellow North Carolina State University Libraries
Rachelle Brandel User and Engagement Services Specialist (Librarian) Missouri Baptist University
Matt Cook Digital Scholarship Program Manager Harvard Library
Julie Marie Frye School Librarian, Head Gems World Academy - Chicago
David Hurley Discovery and Web Librarian (Assistant Professor) University of New Mexico
Peter Hyun Web Developer & STEM Project Lead Instructor Howard County Library System
Casandra Laskowski Technology & Empirical Services Librarian University of Arizona
Gigi Mohamad Assistant Professor William Paterson University
Ismail Msuya Web Developer and Systems Programmer Northern Michigan University, Lydia M. Olson Library
Dorothy Ogdon Head of Emerging Technology and System Development University of Alabama at Birmingham
Anchalee Panigabutra-Roberts Head, Cataloging University of Tennessee Libraries
Meng Qu Web Service Librarian Miami University
Gang Shao Data Science Specialist Purdue University
Win Shih Director of Integrated Library Systems University of Southern California
Tienya Smith Community Library Manager Queens Public Library
Trevor Watkins Teaching and Outreach Librarian George Mason University