The Future Will See You Now: AI for Healthcare, A Library’s Perspective
Class Experience Level
Beginner, Intermediate

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Newly released AI tools are poised to dramatically disrupt multiple industries, including healthcare and libraries. We’ll explore numerous healthcare applications that use AI, both current and in development - from a new industry-saving “bot workforce” to self-driving microscopes. In this special edition of Health Bytes, we’ll discuss the criticisms and concerns this technology is garnering and its potential effect on jobs, education, and libraries. With AI, comes the need for more student–centered learning and greater information literacy needs which libraries can provide. Please come and explore the potential benefits and drawbacks of AI. Make sure to bring questions for our interactive discussion for this special edition of Health Bytes!  

Speaker Bios

Elizabeth A. Gross is Associate Professor of Library Science and Technology at Sam Houston State University. She has a B. A. in History and German from Northern Michigan University, a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a PhD in Learning Design and Technology from Wayne State University. Elizabeth was also Post-Doctoral Fellow (mechanical engineering) at Kettering University. Her research interests include information needs of master’s level and early career school librarians, perceptions of school librarianship, social justice in the school library, and artificial intelligence as a tool for librarians and library users. She has written many journal articles on the needs of students in higher education as well as book chapters regarding distance education, AI for preservice teachers, and how to better help principals better understand how to utilize the skills of the school librarian. She is a member of Texas Library Association, (Innovation & Technology Roundtable past Chair), Texas Computers in Education Association, International Association of School Librarians, and American Society for Engineering Education. 

Henry Stokes is the Broadband Technology Coordinator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission where he’s worked since August 2008. He provides training and consulting for library staff across the state with a focus on broadband and emerging technologies. Henry’s work is guided by his vision for Texas libraries as community technology hubs and for his passion for how libraries play a role in bringing both crucial digital literacy skills and the latest emerging technologies to their communities. 

This presentation addresses health information resources and data. This presentation also promotes the NLM Strategic Goal 2, Objective 2.4 of Enhanced Information Delivery. 

This class is for educational and informational purposes in alignment with NNLM goals and does not offer medical advice.

By registering for this class, you are agreeing to the NNLM Code of Conduct

Objectives:
  • Learners will be made aware of new AI applications in healthcare. 

  • Learners will be able to understand criticisms of these new tools and how they may affect jobs, education, and libraries. 

  • Learners will understand why the new generative AI has so much potential for disruption. 

Class Recording

Class Details

Date(s): October 18, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.00
CE Categories: CHES, CHIS Level 2
Class Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate
This class is sponsored by Region 3.

Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Brandon Kennedy
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