ETEXTBOOKS: What's Their Future and How Can Libraries Prepare?

Dixon, Neil (2020) ETEXTBOOKS: What's Their Future and How Can Libraries Prepare? Information Today Inc.

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AI is found in digital services we use every day, such as online banking, social media, and ecommerce. When libraries have adopted AI, it has mainly been in incremental service or procedural improvements, such as help desk chatbots (Cox et al. 2019). The growth of AI and the possibility that administrative library tasks could be automated can lead to fears of change and job security. Given these fears, it is important to educate library staffers about AI to help us anticipate possible changes in the future and adapt accordingly. At Anglia Ruskin University’s (ARU) library, we aimed to do this by running narrative fiction writing workshops on how future etextbooks that use AI might impact libraries. This article describes current etextbook technology, some potential ideas for future etextbook features and how they could impact libraries, and an explanation of the strategic planning workshops we conducted with library staff members.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Libraries, eTextbooks, Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Faculty: Support Services
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 12:27
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52

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