COVID-19 update

All libraries are CLOSED due to poor air quality.
For updates visit

Access to campus libraries is limited.

Please explore our online resources & services. We’re here, ask us!

October 18, 2018

Registration Open for Fantastic Futures, The National Library of Norway and Stanford Libraries’ AI-Conference

Fantastic Futures

Registration to the first major international conference on artificial intelligence and machine learning in the international library community is now open.

As more and more memory and knowledge institutions’ collections become digital while continuing to expand, we are already observing significant consequences for their upkeep. For the past two years the National Library of Norway has experimented with Machine Learning (ML) for library purposes, named after the famous public librarian Nancy Pearl, our AI “Nancy” has worked both with cataloging and analyzing parts of our collection. Based on a limited set of experiments, it's already obvious that AI/ML represents a new level in library development. We will present some of the results of this work during the Fantastic Futures conference. The Fantastic futures-conferences, which takes place in Oslo december 5th 2018, is a collaboration between the National Library of Norway and Stanford University Libraries, and was initiated by the National Librarian at the National Library of Norway, Aslak Sira Myhre (pictured below, right) and University Librarian at Stanford University Libraries, Michael Keller (pictured below, left).

Michael Keller, Vice Provost, Academic Council, Stanford University Libraries and Aslak Sira Myhre, Director, The National Library of Norway
Some of the leading thinkers in the field will participate in the conference, addressing both the opportunities and the challenges that the AI revolution poses to the world in general, and to knowledge institutions specifically, amongst them assistant professor, author and journalist Meredith Broussard, who will talk about how AI not only helps us interpret the world, but also misinterprets and brings bias to it, and CEO of Yewno, Ruggero Gramatica, who will address the question of how AI/ML can help us structure the information in the collection of libraries in new ways. A series of organizations including the Danish library central and the oil company Equinor, will share their experiences with Ai in analyzing big data or structuring information.
Visit the Fantastic Futures conference website for details regarding preliminary program and registration.
There are no registration or conference fee.

Welcome to Oslo December 5th