Information and cultural heritage professionals have become increasingly interested in using data science, machine learning, and AI applications in the management of data and operations at libraries, archives, museums. Given the importance of our cultural heritage, the scale of potential positive and negative impacts these data-oriented practices may have for information services is significant. However, implementing these methods has been difficult for libraries, archives and museums. Several technical, organizational and social barriers exist. It is not sufficient to train staff to learn new methods or to augment their current, analog information management methods. Instead, we will need workforce development and interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our “Humanist-in-the-Loop” project will bring together faculty and staff across several UT schools and collecting institutions to build a workforce development program that will train graduate students – the next wave of early-career professionals from the humanities and information studies. The program will assist them in responsible operations in libraries, archives and museums where data science, machine learning and AI is not supported by the current culture.
Tanya Elizabeth Clement (Department of English), Amelia Acker (School of Information), Aaron Choate (University of Texas Libraries), Andrea Gustavson (Harry Ransom Center) and Lauren Walker (Harry Ransom Center)