Stanford Libraries has sponsored a number of talks and discussions about artificial intelligence since the AI Initiative began in 2017. We started with internal meetings with experts in AI which we called Library AI Conversations. This series provided Stanford Library staff with an opportunity to become familiar with topics in AI. In the 2018-2019 academic year, we took the conversation public. In October 2018 we kicked of the series "Information, Intelligent Machines, and New Knowledge" and in December we co-sponsored the first international conference on AI in libraries, "Fantastic Futures" with the National Library of Norway. In 2019 we introduce the "Dialogues" series, hosting Stanford faculty for cross-disciplinary conversations at the intersection of human and machine intelligence. We expect this series to uncover the hidden affinities across what sometimes appears, these days, to be a deep knowledge divide.

All sessions will be made available via simulcast and will be recorded.  See the list below for registration, details, and recordings.


Upcoming Events


January 23, 2019 | Discovery Sessions

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:00 am, East Asia Library, Room 224

SUL AI Studio participants will share their experiments exploring the potential for integrating AI techniques into library work. Presenters: Claudia Engel, Justine Issavi, Josh Schneider, Sally DeBauche, Sarav Shah, Jesse Keck, Jack Reed, Chris Beer, Javier de la Rosa, Scott Bailey, Rebecca Wingfield, Arcadia Falcone, and Hilary Thorsen. LEARN MORE >>

Link to event registration




February 5, 2019 | Dialogues

4:00 - 5:30 pm, Location TBD.

Nicole Coleman will host Jessica Riskin (History) and Oussama Khatib (Robotics) for a conversation about androids, AI and avatars. 



March 4, 2019 | Dialogues

Nicole Coleman will host Peggy Phelan (Theater and Performance Studies and English) and Maneesh Agrawala (Computer Science) for a conversation about human-machine interaction, creativity, and knowledge production.



March 25-27, 2019 | LDCX

LDCX 2019 is an annual unconference for collaborate at the intersection of cultural heritage and technology. High-level themes for this year’s unconference include: artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to libraries, archives, and museums; data-forward architectures and operations; advancing discovery, search, Blacklight, and related technologies.

Link to event registration





Past Events


December 2018 | Fantastic Futures

The National Library of Norway and Stanford Libraries co-sponsored the first international conference on AI in libraries.
Website | Recording

November 26, 2018 | Discovery Sessions

Ruggero Gramatica, CEO of Yewno, spoke about "How AI will change libraries" in the second event of the Discovery Sessions series.
Details | Recording

October 29, 2018 | Discovery Sessions

Nicole Coleman kicked of the Stanford Libraries Discovery Sessions with a talk on Library-Inspired Artificial Intelligence.
Details | Recording