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June 2021


Like most institutions, libraries have entered a period of digital transformation during which exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence are changing the future of work. But libraries entered the age of autonomous and intelligent technologies over fifty years ago, when automated information processing became integral to established as well as new services. This presentation explores how past discussions of continuity and change shaped the future of the library over the last fifty years. It also points to parallels with present discussions about the anticipated role of AI in libraries.