AI Ambassadors: Building Expertise and Engagement in Libraries

Event Information
Event Type
LibraryLinkNJ Event
Event Category
Professional/Personal Development

Online via Zoom & In-person

Target Audience

Tech-Savvy Library Staff or Tech Staff working at any library type of LibraryLinkNJ member libraries

Free of Charge! The entire series is valued at $500 per attendee, and LibraryLinkNJ will be covering 100% of the cost for attendees who commit to and satisfy the participation requirements listed below.
Event Materials

AI Ambassadors: Building Expertise and Engagement in Libraries
presented by Jim Craner, Library Technologist with The Galecia Group

AI Ambassadors

LibraryLinkNJ and LibraryLinkNJ Technology Advisory Group (L-TAG) are pleased to announce this special AI training series for library technology staff in New Jersey!

Requirements for Participation:

  • Participants registering for the AI Ambassadors Series are committing to attend all of the following training sessions:
    • Three Virtual Sessions:
      • Thursdays, October 19, October 26, and November 2, 2023
      • 1:30pm - 4:00pm (1.5 hours instruction followed by 1 hour open lab)
    • One In-Person Session:
      • Nov. 16, 2023, 10am-4pm (Refreshments and Lunch will be provided)
      • @ Piscataway Public Library (500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854) Phone: 732-463-1633
  • After completing the training sessions, participants will
    • Join the NJ Libraries AI Interest Group
    • Be encouraged to join a nationwide interest group focused on AI topics, managed by the Galecia Group. This will help the NJ Libraries AI Interest Group stay up to date on the latest developments
    • Provide at least one AI training session for library staff in their local area, and/or participate in a group presentation at a library event or conference by the end of June 2024

Virtual Sessions Content:
These sessions will be moderated by Doug Baldwin, L-TAG Chair (Associate Director, Technology and User Services, Piscataway Public Library).

Session 1: AI Foundations for Library Technologists
Thursday, October 19, 2023

Synopsis: An immersive session diving into the history, principles, and societal impacts of AI. A primer to ensure all participants have a consistent foundation of knowledge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand fundamental AI concepts and technologies.
  • Recognize the broader implications of AI on society, education, and the workforce.


  • What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
  • What AI is NOT.
  • AI Trivia Quiz! (Engagement Activity)
  • History of AI
  • AI Use Cases: the Good, the Bad, and the Maybe?
  • AI Companies: Who’s Leading the Charge?
  • (Incredibly Oversimplified) Introduction to Modern AI Technology (Incredibly)
  • Brief Introduction to Algorithmic Bias and Related Issues
  • AI & Society
    • Intellectual property
    • Educational systems
    • Workforce and economic effects
  • Introduction to our in-house PLAID training platform

Session 2: AI Tool Time: Explore, Examine, Experience
Thursday, October 26, 2023

Synopsis: Dive deep into the world's leading AI tools, contrasting them with our in-house offerings. This workshop provides a blend of content delivery and hands-on exploration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Familiarize with top AI LLM and Image Generation providers.
  • Understand the strengths, features, and application scenarios for each tool.
  • Engage in hands-on experimentation with select AI tools.


  • AI Mad Libs (Engagement Activity)
  • Overview of Big 3 AI LLM Providers: ChatGPT, Claude, and Bard
  • Overview of Big 3 AI Image Generation Providers: Dall-E 2, Stable Diffusion, and Midjourney
  • Discuss Open Source AI Models
  • Distinguishing Features of our In-house AI Training Platform
  • Deep Dive into ChatGPT and StableDiffusion: Why They Stand Out
  • Live Demos: DALL-E, DreamStudio (Stable Diffusion), ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude
  • Open Lab: Hands-on experimentation with the aforementioned tools
  • Attendee Q&A and Sharing Session

Session 3: AI Applications in the Library
Thursday, November 3, 2023

Synopsis: Harness the power of AI for library operations. This session emphasizes practical applications, focusing on using AI-driven prompts and integrations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways AI can enhance library tasks and services.
  • Develop ideas for AI integration into libraries’ current workflows.
  • Understand the nuances of using AI in library-specific scenarios.


  • Public Comment Triage: AI Classification
  • Powering Collection Development
  • Cataloging Transformation
  • Readers' Advisory in the Age of AI
  • Reference Desk & AI
  • Outreach Activities Augmented by AI
  • Grantwriting with an AI Assistant
  • Job/Career Readiness in the AI Era
  • Introduction to Library Bots
  • Open Lab: Attendee Examples & Sharing Session
  • Attendee Q&A and Feedback

        If you have any questions about the series, please contact us via email!

        Interested in AI training but unable to commit to attending this AI Ambassadors series?
        Check out all programs of LibraryLinkNJ's AI Series, FY2024! 


        This webinar is brought to you by
        LibraryLinkNJ & LibraryLinkNJ Tech Advisory Group (L-TAG)

        Registration Information

        20 participants

        • The series will be limited to 20 participants.
        • Note: AI Series registration is now full. You can join the waitlist using the registration link. If a seat becomes available due to a cancellation, we will contact you in the order of your registration time, as there are multiple individuals on the waitlist.
        • By registering to attend this AI Ambassadors Series, you confirm that your library director or supervisor has agreed to the participation requirements for your registration.

        Contact Us

        If you have any questions or need assistance regarding this program,  please contact our staff:

        Jon Braun
        Jon Braun
        Online Learning & Digital Content Specialist
        732-752-7720 ext. 108
        Mi-Sun Lyu
        Director of Special Projects, PMP
        732-752-7720 ext. 107