When: Friday, Feb 01 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location: MTCC 206E

Days: Friday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: General. Subjects: Innovation, Literacy, and Technology.


Algorithms fuel artificial intelligence and increasingly AI is everywhere. These algorithms are making decisions, recommendations and predictions for us in a wide variety of areas. David Lankes warns of a new type of digital divide with “a class of people who can use algorithms and a class used by algorithms.”

But what exactly are algorithms and how do they work?
How are library users affected by them and what should they know to safeguard themselves?
What should an algorithmic literacy training or awareness program consist of?

This workshop will provide an introduction to algorithms and will guide participants through the collaborative development of an algorithmic literacy program suitable for public or academic libraries.

Participants will learn the basic nature and function of algorithms (no math required!). Examples of how algorithms affect services and systems used by libraries and their user communities will be reviewed and discussed.
Through an interactive process, the core components of an algorithmic literacy program will be explored.