ChatGPT + AI 2024 Bootcamp for Libraries and Librarians: Understanding and Harnessing the Power of Generative AI

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Three-part webinar series | May 31, June 7, June 14, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Discover the transformative potential of ChatGPT and generative AI in this three-session bootcamp as we examine the impacts these technologies will have on library professionals and the modern library. Join us as we dive into the world of artificial intelligence, exploring its capabilities and applications, while also becoming aware of best practices and guidelines for ethical and responsible use.

As AI reshapes the information landscape, librarians have an unprecedented opportunity to leverage these tools to enhance their services, support their communities, facilitate innovation, and accentuate and magnify personal and professional learning. Don't miss this chance to stay ahead of the curve as libraries and librarianship are transformed in this new world of learning and creativity. 



This online bootcamp series is designed to equip librarians with a core understanding of generative AI and with the knowledge and skills that are needed to integrate ChatGPT and other tools into library programming and their personal and professional learning.

The three one-hour sessions will include Q&A time which may go beyond the hour. All sessions can be attended live, will be recorded, and will be available to participants with non-expiring access.

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 PM: "The Basics: Understanding ChatGPT and Generative AI"

    • Why Artificial Intelligence is such a momentous achievement in human history.
    • Introduction to ChatGPT, generative AI, and the larger artificial intelligence landscape. 
    • How LLMs actually work, why they seem like science fiction, and why they are such powerful tools.
    • ChatGPT drill-down: its capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, and potential help for personal and professional learning.
    • Getting the most out of ChatGPT: from crafting good "prompts" to expert techniques.
    • ChatGPT for personalized topic-specific inquiry, deep learning, and expanding subject-matter expertise.
    • How AI will change teaching and learning.
    • Student use: from "generative AI" to "generative teaching" and plagiarism concerns.
    • Critical thinking and data literacy.
    • External expertise, loss of rigor, and the potential for intellectual laziness.
    • Why being knowledgeable in the use of AI will likely be essential to career success.
    • Evaluating common AI fears and reasonable concerns.
    • "Artificial Intimacy:" AI designed to mimic our thinking and to build rapport inevitably manipulates our thoughts and feelings.
    • Cautious optimism: what to expect from AI in the future and "Artificial General Intelligence" (AGI).
    • From using AI tools to "collaborating" with them.
    • How the AI revolution is different than other tech revolutions.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 PM: "Enhancing Research and Information Literacy with ChatGPT"

    • The "all-too-human" AI: How our brains and AI are trained in similar ways and what that means.
    • Being careful: apparent AI sentience and awareness, "hallucinations," biases, and programmed rapport.
    • Truth, trust, and false expectations.
    • ChatGPT for conducting literature review, locating resources, refining search queries, and summarizing research findings.
    • Ordering, synthesizing, and organizing information sources.
    • Leveraging ChatGPT to promote critical thinking.
    • Evaluating information authenticity and quality-checking materials.
    • The implications of acting on incorrect information.
    • Identifying misinformation and bias.
    • Responsible AI use.
    • Access, accessibility, and equity: challenges and opportunities.
    • Privacy risks and considerations.
    • Copyright law and the unauthorized use of creative and copywritten content.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 PM: "ChatGPT for Personal, Professional, and Program Growth"

    • ChatGPT to deepen subject knowledge and remain current on interdisciplinary research.
    • ChatGPT to acquire new skills, identify relevant learning opportunities, network, personalize learning plans, map career development, set professional goals, and track progress.
    • Customizing ChatGPT interactions to specific needs, preferences, and learning styles.
    • Developing structured AI training and professional development.
    • Building a culture of innovation and continuous learning.
    • Inspiring creativity, fostering a culture of experimentation, and driving continuous improvement.
    • Integrating ChatGPT into libraries services to improve the overall library experience for patrons and staff.
    • Program and event creation with ChatGPT - brainstorm, design, and develop educational programs and workshops.
    • ChatGPT support for answering patron questions, streamlining research processes, and efficiently locating relevant resources.
    • ChatGPT for collection development and management.
    • ChatGPT for analyzing user data, automating processes, identifying trends in library usage, cataloging and digitizing efforts, and making informed decisions about acquisitions and weeding.
    • ChatGPT to assist students with research, essay writing, brainstorming, citation management, critical thinking, and originality.
    • Supporting digital literacy skills: educating patrons and students about AI ethics.
    • Helping patrons and students unlock ChatGPT's potential from personal learning to résumé building, cover letter writing, interview preparation, and career exploration.
    • Introducing ChatGPT to your community.
    • Enhancing community outreach to better serve diverse patron population and tailor library services to different community needs.

CALL Training Partner for this Event: Library2.0

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I understand that a space will be reserved for me in this learning opportunity at a cost to CALL, and if I am unable to attend this learning opportunity, I will cancel my enrollment as soon as possible and before the start date. 

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