CLEARer Dialogues with AI: Unpacking Prompt Engineering for Librarians

Recorded on 09/19/2023

Posted in Library Technology and IT

How can librarians leverage AI through prompt engineering and the CLEAR framework to better support research, instruction, and user engagement?


As we navigate an era where generative artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping information discovery and interaction, it’s more crucial than ever for librarians to grasp the intricacies of AI-assisted interactions. In this webinar, we explore the importance of prompt engineering—a skill pivotal for optimizing AI interactions. This session offers unique insights into how librarians can leverage AI more effectively, enhancing their capacity to support research, instruction, and user engagement.

In this webinar you’ll gain valuable insights into:

  • The significance of AI literacy among academic library employees and the prevalent challenges in the current landscape
  • The fundamental role of prompt engineering in maximizing the value derived from AI applications
  • An understanding of the CLEAR framework, a tool designed for effective communication with AI systems
  • Real-world examples of how the CLEAR framework can enhance interactions with AI models like GPT-4

We’ll delve into the broader implications of AI and prompt engineering on future library practices, including potential changes in information literacy instruction, research assistance, and content curation. 

Join us for this essential session to navigate the dynamic AI-influenced information landscape, and bring your questions for an interactive Q&A discussion.


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    Leo S. Lo, EdD, MLIS, MFA

    Dean and Professor, College of University Libraries and Learning SciencesUniversity of New Mexico

    Dr. Leo S. Lo is a respected academic leader with a passion for integrating artificial intelligence in library science and education. As the Dean and Professor of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico, he guides library operations and university programs. Dr. Lo’s extensive academic background includes a doctorate degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania; an MLIS degree from Florida State University; as well as master’s degrees in screenwriting, and survey research.

    Dr. Lo is a recognized author and speaker on topics such as library science, leadership, and education. His focus on AI’s role in library services and information literacy initiatives led to his current leadership role in UNM’s AI literacy effort. As the President-Elect of ACRL, Dr. Lo continues to champion the advancement of academic libraries and their critical role in higher education.

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