June 7 Meeting: OA/OERs – when, if, and beneficial?

Our next SIG PIE meeting will be Friday, 7 June, 10am Pacific/ 11am Mountain/ 12pm Central/ 1pm Eastern. We will discuss PIE issues related to open access and open educational resources, which have broad implications for many disciplines and sectors. Below are some of the prompts:

  • What is/ought to be the future OA/OERs, particularly in the face of “transformative agreements” and associated labour?
  • What are the implications for those seeking tenure/job security?
  • When would it make sense to pursue OA/OERs?
  • What are the implications for knowledge systems which have a right of self-determination, i.e., Indigenous and In-Group knowledge systems, vis-a-vis publishers/platforms? 

In addition, we are planning for the SIG session “What can I know? Where can I go? What can I be?” which has been accepted by the ALISE 2024 conference (Portland, Oregon). The 90-minute session will include two back-to-back panels co-sponsored by the Information Policy and Information Ethics SIGs. Drawing on Habermas’s concepts of ideal speech and public discourse, we will explore critical issues surrounding bodily sovereignty, speech, and intellectual freedom. The first panel on Information Ethics will delve into what is permissible in public and quasi-public spaces, focusing on the intersection of identity, embodiment, and professional ethics. The second panel on Information Policy will examine the impact of laws and policies on public speech and discourse, particularly in libraries and educational spaces. Together, these panels will provide theoretical and practical insights for educators preparing students to navigate and uphold the principles of free and open discourse in a pluralistic society.

Interested in being a panelist? Please contact any of the co-conveners.

ALISE Co-Signs “Ethics in AI Statement”

The Association recently signed on to an “Ethics in AI Statement” with the Association for Information Science and Technology and the iSchools in the wake of Dr. Timnit Gebru’s firing from Google. The statement follows:

Recent events surrounding Dr. Timnit Gebru, formerly the co-lead of Google’s Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) team, have shed light on the importance of unbiased research into the ethical issues surrounding the use of AI and the need for diverse voices to be part of the discussion. As the preeminent global voice of information science and technology research and its implications for practice, the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is joined by the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the iSchools in strongly advocating for rigorous and thorough research into the use of AI to ensure its ethical application in all aspects of society. ASIS&T, ALISE and the iSchools support the work of researchers, such as Timnit Gebru and others, who seek to identify potential flaws and biases in the algorithms used by AI that may disproportionately impact diverse populations. As an association that embraces the diversity of voices contributing to scholarship in the information science and technology field, we encourage continued research into the ethical use of AI and transparency in the dissemination of the results of such research. ASIS&T, ALISE and the iSchools recognize the importance and need for organizations to consider both the positive and negative effects of AI and to find ways to mitigate, if not prevent, the negative impacts of AI while achieving AI’s benefits. Importantly, diverse voices are needed in such discussions.

The permalink for the statement is: https://ali.memberclicks.net/alise-statement-on-artificial-intelligence–ai–ethics