How AI Will (and Won’t) Impact Library Work

Sponsored by Sage

Recorded on 04/29/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 378

In the final episode of this four-part series on the recent white paper from Technology from Sage and Skilltype on the librarian skills landscape, our guests look at how artificial intelligence technologies will (or won’t) impact the library workforce and successful support mechanisms to help staff develop their skills. First, David Erlandson, Head of Cataloguing and Metadata Services at Rice University Fondren Library, and Matthew Weldon, Library Patron Consultant at Technology from Sage, underscore that AI services have not replaced any of their own tasks, adding that the human element still serves as an essential function of library work.

Further, Marcy Simons, Director of Hesburgh Libraries Organizational and Personnel Development at the University of Notre Dame, explains that she encourages colleagues at her institution to see artificial intelligence as an opportunity to reassess workloads and let go of monotonous tasks. Tony Zanders, Founder & CEO of Skilltype, highlights two key issues he’s observed in relation to automated tools: an ongoing global shortage of library professionals and remote roles that lack interpersonal connections becoming automated or reduced. To close, our guests emphasize recognition, opportunities for career advancement, communication, and community-building as necessary building blocks for aiding library skill-building and professional development.

About the guests:

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David Erlandson
Head of Cataloguing and Metadata Services
Rice University Fondren Library

David Erlandson is the head of Cataloguing and Metadata Services at Fondren Library, Rice University. Working within the technical services division at Fondren Library, David provides essential services that sustain the university’s research mission, working to acquire resources for the library’s collection and organizing and maintaining them according to local and national standards. David’s professional background includes organizational analyses of health and human service non-profits.

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Marcy Simons
Director, Hesburgh Libraries Organizational and Personnel Development
University of Notre Dame

Marcy Simons, MLS, excels as a strategist in talent and organizational development for Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame. Spearheading recruitment to alumni engagement, she ensures the library is a top employer choice. A seasoned facilitator in culture and change management, Marcy authored “Academic Librarianship” (2021) and “Academic Library Metamorphosis and Regeneration” (2017), significant works that underscore her expertise in the field.

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Tony Zanders
Founder & CEO

Tony Zanders is an award-winning software entrepreneur and enterprise software executive, best known in the field of library technology, where he served as an international ambassador in over 30 countries at ProQuest and EBSCO. His mission is to create similar opportunities for the next generation in his hometown of New Orleans. In 2018, Tony founded Skilltype—a software company developing tools for librarians and their teams to analyze, develop, and share expertise. Skilltype boasts a global clientele, spanning continents from North America to Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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Matthew Weldon
Library Patron Consultant
Technology from Sage

Matthew Weldon is a Library Patron Consultant at Technology from Sage, providing pedagogic support to Technology from Sage customers. He is the author of Librarian Futures Part II: The Knowledge Gap Between Librarians and Students and Librarian Futures Part III: The Librarian Skills Landscape. Before joining Technology from Sage, Matthew held several roles within the higher education sector, including as a learning technologist.

Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the rest of the series:

Check out our previous series with Sage:
– The Intersection of Critical Thinking Skills and AI
– Building Skills for Student Success
– Understanding the Undergraduate Workflow
– Spotlighting Academic Library Innovation
– The Myth of the COVID-Transformed Workplace

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