New from ACRL - “The Rise of AI: Implications and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries"

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/07/2022


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Rise of AI: Implications and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries," book number 78 in the Publications in Librarianship series, edited by Sandy Hervieux and Amanda Wheatley. This book collects projects, collaborations, and future uses from academic librarians who have begun to embrace artificial intelligence (AI) in their work.

Librarians are uniquely positioned to rise to the challenge that AI presents to the field. Libraries and their like have existed for millennia; they progress with society, altering and adapting their services to meet the information needs of their communities.

In three parts — User Services, Collections and Discovery, and Toward Future Applications — "The Rise of AI" explores: 

  • machine translation
  • creating incubation spaces
  • robotics
  • combining information literacy initiatives with AI literacy
  • fostering partnerships with other on-campus groups
  • integrating AI technology into collections to enhance discoverability
  • using AI to refine metadata for images, articles, and theses
  • machine learning 

Chapters introduce implications and applications of artificial intelligence in academic libraries and hopes to provoke conversations and inspire new ways of engaging with the technology. As the discussion surrounding ethics, bias, and privacy in AI continues to grow, librarians will be called to make informed decisions and position themselves as leaders in this discourse.

“The Rise of AI: Implications and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 9,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube