The Artificial Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG AI) of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has awarded the article “Algorithmic Literacy and the Role for Libraries”, published in the June 2021 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the 2022 SIG AI Publication of the Year award. Recently established, this award recognizes the best paper published in the scope of the SIG AI.
Authored by Michael Ridley and Danica Pawlick-Potts, “Algorithmic Literacy and the Role for Libraries” examines how to navigate the effects of AI and utilize it in a responsible way. The skills required for the successful management of AI is not provided by current digital literacy or information literacy regimes, however, algorithmic literacy addresses these gaps. In arguing for a role for libraries in algorithmic literacy, the authors provide a working definition, a pressing need, a pedagogical strategy, and two specific contributions that are unique to libraries.
“As ITAL’s editor, I’m glad to see this well-earned recognition for two of our journal’s contributors,” says Ken Varnum. “This article highlights the critical role librarians can play in ensuring their communities understand the information technologies that are rapidly evolving around all of us. Congratulations to Michael Ridley and Danica Pawlick-Potts.”