Exploring AI with Critical Information Literacy Online Course

Join ACRL August 28-September 22, 2023, for the online course “Exploring AI with Critical Information Literacy.”

From the time that ChatGPT arrived on the scene with much fanfare, and much consternation, it seems that not a day goes by without some new, and often alarming, aspect of AI entering the conversation. Debates and discussions veer from concerns around misinformation (and the ways in which AI might contribute to its increased spread) to potential threats posed to a variety of jobs, from disturbing reports of AI upholding and reinforcing racial biases and misogyny to fears around privacy. While it remains to be seen whether AI will save humanity or usher in a dystopian nightmare, what often gets muddled or even lost in many of the heated debates around AI is the fact that AI is very much a human issue. AI is created by humans, used by humans, reflects our human biases and blind spots and foibles, and has very real implications for human beings. 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. 

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. 

Learn more on the ACRL website and register today!