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Call for applications for 2022 IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence

Call for applications for 2022 IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence

Core is an Institute partner for this program. For more information, see or direct questions to Soo Young Rieh at

Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2022

Core invites applications for the inaugural IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence (AI). We’re seeking library and information professionals holding full-time positions in US institutions interested in enhancing and applying their knowledge of AI in their workplace, to participate in the Institute. 

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the IDEA Institute offers one-week of intensive learning and practical experience in AI applications in library and information environments. The second Institute will be held at The University of Texas at Austin on July 10-15, 2022 (dates are tentative, pending COVID-19 circumstances).

ASIS&T and ALA are seeking 15 IMLS-funded Fellows. IMLS-funded Fellows will have their Institute expenses covered (housing, meals and program fee) and will only be responsible for the cost of their transportation. 

Their priority is to recruit and create a cohort of Fellows who will represent diverse socio-demographic backgrounds, types of positions, types of libraries, and capacities of implementing AI in their workplace. They invite applicants who: 

  • are enthusiastic to learning, evaluating, and applying AI in library and information environments; 
  • have a basic knowledge of programming languages (e.g., Python, Java, and/or equivalent) and web coding; 
  • hold full-time positions in US institutions as library and information professionals; 
  • are committed to participating in the online Pre-Institute Onboarding Program (10-15 hours contact time over three months) and post-Institute activities (e.g., project presentations and implementation); 
  • can attend the 2022 IDEA Institute in Austin, TX, for one week; and
  • have institutional support to apply learning gained from the Institute to AI projects in their own workplace.

IDEA Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process. 

Those interested in applying are invited to attend a virtual information session on January 7, 2022, 12-1pm CT. Please register at: 


Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2022. Fellows accepted to the Institute will be notified on March 1, 2022.