IDEA Institute on Artificial Intelligence

The IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on AI is a one-week intensive, interactive, evidence based and applications-oriented professional development program for library and information professionals funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The Institute will  create two cohorts of Fellows through the nationwide efforts of recruiting library and information professionals who represent diverse socio-demographic backgrounds, types of positions, types of libraries, and capacities of implementing AI in their workplace.

Goals of the IDEA Institute on AI include:

  1. Develop an innovative, forward-looking continuing education program on AI in library and information environments.
  2. Develop leaders of AI in library and information environments, who individually and as a collective can innovate and create better awareness of AI as “transformative” technology.
  3. Contribute AI curriculum to fill a gap in AI education in LIS programs and library and information environments.

Principal Investigators and Home Institutions


Dania Bilal, PI, Professor,
University of Tennessee. Knoxville, TNUniversity of Tennessee School of Information Sciences - HorizLeftLogo (RGB)

Clara_1-cropped-768x901_resizedClara M. Chu, Co-PI, Professor,
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Rieh-Profile-July2019-1-1_resizedSoo Young Rieh, Co-PI, Professor,
University of Texas at Austin

Partnered with     ASIST-Logo-without-Shadow         ala_stacked_color

Funded by    imls_logo_2c

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services planning grant: RE-246419-OLS-20