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At Minnesota State University Mankato (MNSU), we’ve undertaken several experiments and initiatives focused on Generative Artificial Intelligence. At the start of the fall semester, we collaborated with university Information Technology Services to present a professional development session for returning faculty through the MNSU Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning on “5 Tips for Teaching with AI.” We also presented to librarians across the regional consortium, Minitex, on “The Library & Generative AI.” This presentation included several demonstrations. It was offered as an introduction to Generative AI focused on topics most relevant to librarians, including information literacy, as well as copyright and license-related concerns. Later in the fall, we offered a daylong “Experience Friday” workshop for area high school students on “AI at the MNSU Library.” The workshop included sections on basic prompting, responsible use, learning with AI, the future of work, and the dark side of AI. Throughout the fall, we experimented with using ChatBots to help with licensing as described in the NASIG Fall conference presentation, “AI as a License Review Assistant.” Finally, leading into the spring semester, we also experimented with using Dall-E to develop collections data illustrations as described in the SUNYLA conference presentation, “Novelty Visualizations of Collections Data: Real Impact or Comic Interlude?” At the GAIL virtual conference, we reviewed these initiatives and others to consider what has worked best and what we might not repeat.


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Generative AI in Libraries (GAIL)

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