Document Type


Presentation Date


Abstract or Description

Machine learning seems to be newly everywhere. It's not new, so much as faster processing makes it newly useful. Imagine an automated cataloging program that takes 300 years to run, versus one that takes a week to run. Increased processing speed is a substantive change. This presentation overviews the history of libraries and artificial intelligence. First, teasing out past applications of machine learning in libraries. High quality results and concrete applications of artificial intelligence in libraries have been explored and published for decades. Over time, faster processing allows use at scale. Second, how library and metadata work contributes to machine learning.

Additional Information

Georgia Southern University faculty member, Wilhelmina Randtke presented Artificial intelligence history, and libraries: History and Legacy of Library Contributions to machine learning in the NASIG Autumn, October 2023.


NASIG Autumn



Files over 10MB may be slow to open. For best results, right-click and select "Save as..."