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Reference, Instruction, and Outreach (RIO)

Guide to provide a forum to learn and share ideas about the various aspects of library reference, instruction, and outreach.

Meeting Notes

Albany Medical College is having an ongoing conversation on AI, and are working on a policy for their Students. 

PICO Portal has a video on AI in systematic reviews:

Discussion on AI's fake citations, and how hard they can be to detect.

Academics are seeing that students and faculty are already using AI.

Skidmore College is already holding workshops and has faculty resources available. No official policy or guidance yet.

The Mohawk Valley Library System has a visual series for an introduction to AI.

The University at Albany has a LibGuide:

A faculty member from the University of Colorado who often posts on AI:

Some good about AI:

  • Can cut down on processing time
  • Can do decent description writing for items and collections.
  • It is good for re-writing docs, ads, etc.
  • It may be possible for AI to perform reference services.
  • APA has instructions for citing AI:

Some Bad:

  • Copyright - AI bots are using data scrubbers and using data and images that are often copyrighted.
  • Many are waiting for more information until they have a conversation on creating an AI policy.

Some Ugly:

  • Discussion on how academic learning can be proven when AI will be used to write papers. Reverting back to in-person testing?
  • AI are starting to talk to AI - also scraping data from each other. This will make it harder to find original sources for material and their associated copyrights.
  • A NY Times podcast about AI and schools:
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