LLLotW 2023.08

Today's Libraries and Learning Links of the Week:

Confronting White Nationalism in Libraries: A Toolkit

Just posting this tookit from the United States for no particular reason...

Google and Microsoft’s chatbots are already citing one another in a misinformation shitshow

Does what it says on the tin I guess.

What we have here is an early sign we’re stumbling into a massive game of AI misinformation telephone, in which chatbots are unable to gauge reliable news sources, misread stories about themselves, and misreport on their own capabilities. In this case, the whole thing started because of a single joke comment on Hacker News. Imagine what you could do if you wanted these systems to fail.

The Librarians are not OK

From the Chronicle of Higher Education (soft-paywalled, though it wasn't initially). This is focussed on who does and does not have “faculty status” in US universities so it's not completely transferable to Australia, however the attitudes and challenges described certainly apply here as well. Discussion about whether it might not be better to deal with the snobbery of “faculty” vs “staff” directly is left as an exercise for the reader.

Libraries and Learning Links of the Week is published every Friday by Hugh Rundle.