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.


Past Events


March 4, 2019 | Dialogues

Warhol, AI and the idea of the archive

4:00 - 5:30 pm, Bender Room, Green Library, Stanford

Peggy Phelan (Theater and Performance Studies, English) and Maneesh Agrawala (Computer Science) will join the Library's Digital Research Architect, Nicole Coleman, for a conversation about how artificial intelligence can help us reinvision the digital photographic archive as a space of human-computer interaction that goes beyond access to analysis and interpretation.  EVENT DETAILS

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.



February 5, 2019 | Dialogues

Androids, Automata, Avatars, and Agency

Historian Jessica Riskin and computer scientist Oussama Khatib will join the library's digital research architect, Nicole Coleman, for a conversation about the latest developments in robotics today and how, since the seventeenth century, the design of artificial life has been a reflection of our understanding of our relationship to machines. See the full event page for more detail and readings.



January 2019 | Discovery Sessions

SUL AI Studio participants shard 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.

Details | Recording 

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