Exploring AI with Critical Information Literacy Online Course

Join ACRL from July 15-August 9, 2024, for the Online Learning course “Exploring AI with Critical Information Literacy.”

In this course, we will examine and unpack AI through the lens of critical information literacy and will explore the ways AI is rooted in, and is an expression of, our social, political, and cultural systems and power structures. With this critical lens, we will examine ways in which librarians can uncover, navigate, and respond to many of the challenges posed by AI. How can we as librarians leverage our expertise and contribute to conversations and efforts around things like ethical AI movements? How can librarians empower our communities to ask questions and engage with AI and technology more critically? 

In the first week of this course, we will review current trends and developments in AI, paying attention to how these tools are developed and who is doing the developing. After taking a more human-centered approach to AI, we will enter week two and will explore some of the major issues, challenges, and debates surrounding AI, including various ethical, political, social, and cultural issues. In our third week, we will explore ways in which critical information literacy can be used to examine and discuss AI in our current era and how librarians can respond to AI. Finally, in week four we will come full circle and will examine some of the debates surrounding AI in education and libraries and will consider ways forward and next steps for librarians in this new landscape. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate major issues surrounding the development and use of AI, including ethical, social, political, and cultural issues. 
  • Examine AI through the lens of critical information literacy in order to gain a more nuanced understanding of the challenges posed by AI. 
  • Develop strategies and approaches for addressing, navigating, and responding to AI in libraries. 


Sarah Morris is a librarian, educator, and curriculum designer whose research and work focuses on critical information and media literacy, AI literacy, mis/disinformation, civic engagement, student success, and information science education. Sarah has been a librarian for eleven years and received her MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Learn more on the ACRL website and register today.