LIR Seminar: “Artificial Intelligence and Libraries” December 6th, Cork

The seminar theme for 2019 is: “Artificial Intelligence / Automation: Short term and Long term thinking in libraries”

Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are trends that are making a profound impact on our society. This year’s seminar aims to explore how librarianship might be affected now and where things might go in the future.

We wish to invite anyone who wants to speak at this seminar to submit an abstract to LIRCTTE@LISTSERV.HEANET.IE. Proposals for presentations should be limited to 200 words. Your proposals could cover the following areas, for example: 

  • Library Strategy
  • Technical Developments
  • Cultural Change

The deadline for abstract submissions is the 25th of this month, October.

This year’s LIR Annual Seminar will take place in Cork City, in the CIT School of Music. The venue is the Curtis Auditorium. There will also be refreshments and a light lunch provided.

Conference Fee

The seminar is free to all paid-up LIR members.

For attendees from non-LIR member organisations, the attendance fee is €100.


A draft programme will appear shortly

Michael Upshall

Michael Upshall

Head of Business Development, UNSILO

Do we need taxonomies in the age of machine learning?

Recent advances in AI and machine learning have had a transformation effect on the creation and discovery of scholarly content. Traditional approaches, such as building large-scale classification systems, are today being evaluated alongside more automated tools that can identify core concepts and entities from journal articles and book chapters. In this presentation, Michael Upshall shows some examples of how these tools are being used in the scholarly workflow, from finding peer reviewers, to checking article content for appropriacy and relevance, to identifying related content in a repository. The presentation includes some suggestions for an enhanced role for the information professional in this new environment.

Bernard Butler

Bernard Butler

Research Fellow, TSSG, Waterford

AI and Machine Learning – their impact on research and knowledge

AI and Machine Learning have become the source of many articles and discussions. For some, they offer the potential to solve the great problems of our age: climate change, antibiotic resistance and human augmentation. Others take a more dystopian view, citing concerns such as human displacement and biased decisions. This talk looks behind the hype, explains where AI and Machine Learning came from and where they are going. It also outlines some ways in which the world of research, and of knowledge more generally, is undergoing fundamental change in response to advances in AI and Machine Learning.

CIT Cork School of Music

Expressions of Interest:

Expressions of interest and proposals for short presentations (20 minutes)  should be forwarded to LIRCTTE@LISTSERV.HEANET.IE. Proposals for presentations should be limited to 200 words.

About the Venue, CIT Cork School of Music

The CIT Cork School of Music is located in the centre of Cork City, Ireland. The college was founded in 1878 and became a school of Cork Institute of Technology in 1993. The school currently operates from a five-floor purpose-built conservatory which was built on the site of the former premises. It opened in 2007 and was designed by Murray O’Laoire and Buro Happold.