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IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Library and Information Professionals to
Gain Skills and Experience to Integrate AI in the Workplace

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Fellowships to USA library and information professionals to attend a professional development program focused on integrating Artificial Intelligence in the workplace. The goal of the program is to build and expand the skills and knowledge of current and future library and information professionals in AI through developing theoretical (conceptual) and practical experiences in a collaborative learning environment.

The IDEA Institute offers one-week of intensive learning and practical experience in AI applications in library and information environments. 

Goals of the IDEA Institute on AI include:

  • Develop an innovative, forward-looking continuing education program on AI in library and information environments.
  • Develop leaders of AI in library and information environments, who individually and as a collective can innovate and create better awareness of AI as “transformative” technology.
  • Contribute AI curriculum to fill a gap in AI education in LIS programs and library and information environments.

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GrantWatch ID#: 193880

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The IDEA Institute offers one-week of intensive learning and practical experience in AI applications in library and information environments. 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Library and information professionals holding full-time positions in US institutions interested in enhancing and applying their knowledge of AI in their workplace are invited to participate in the Institute.

The 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. IDEA is recruiting 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 2021 IDEA Institute in Knoxville, Tennessee, for one week; and
- Have institutional support to apply learning gained from the Institute to AI projects in their own workplace.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A virtual information session will be held on: January 12, 2021, 1 pm ET.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2021. Fellows accepted to the Institute will be notified in mid-March 2021.

The first Institute will be held at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville on July 10-16, 2021 (dates are tentative, pending COVID-19 circumstances).

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Virtual Information Session Jan 12, 2021 recording:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to Dr. Dania Bilal at

School of Information Sciences
1345 Circle Park Drive
451 Communications Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0332

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