Description: Prompt engineering is a technique that utilizes natural language to communicate with large language models (LLMs) to help generate text, translate languages, write creative content, and answer questions through applications like ChatGPT, Microsoft Bing, and others. Librarians are, in a way, “prompt engineers” and this webinar can help shine some light on how this skill can help brainstorm ideas, create HTML or more advanced code, make suggestions and/or provide possible solutions to problems in the library, handle many routine everyday tasks, and much more.
In this webinar, we will learn about the basics of prompt engineering and how it can be used as a tool to create content and new and innovative applications in the library (e.g., chatbots that can answer questions about library resources, generate personalized reading lists for patrons etc.). We will also discuss the ethical implications, potential biases, limitations of AI currently, and show how librarians can use prompt engineering in a variety of ways that respect the privacy and confidentiality of their patrons while showing how this technology may just change the way we think about information and libraries in the future.
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and founder of the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship helping archive personal papers and other items in the Leonard Bernstein Collection. During his Library and Information Science graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Florida public libraries. Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies; he has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on technologies impacting society. In 2016, Chad was awarded the League of Innovation Excellence Award.
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