In an era marked by generative AI, widening inequality, and information overload, librarians with LIS training find themselves at the forefront of a changing landscape. The traditional paradigm in academia is challenged by new technologies and social shifts, prompting a reassessment the librarian's role as a public leader. This article discusses three perspectives on these issues, placing them within the larger conversation of the LIS field. Dr. Norman Mooradian lays the groundwork for a paradigm shift by exploring the intersection of knowledge and ethics in a knowledge economy. Boheme Morris delves into the complexities of inequality within the high-tech knowledge economy, challenging the efficacy of the "access doctrine." Sarah Wilson's research emphasizes the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in knowledge access, and sounds a clarion call for library services to do more in the furtherance of DEI.

About Author

Odin Hartshorn Halvorson is a writer, unenlightened generalist, and librarian. A current MLIS student at San Jose State University, Odin is also a graduate from the Stonecoast MFA program. An inveterate scholar, his research has been twice featured at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA). His fiction and nonfiction work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared online and in print in venues such as The Strand and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. He also co-founded founded Round Table Writers, an organization dedicated to “writers helping writers”. Odin is an itinerant volunteer with organizations like Socrates Cafe, EveryLibrary, and the Surrey International Writing Conference.

Recommended Citation

Halvorson, O. H. (2024). Innovation and responsibility: Librarians in an era of generative AI, inequality, and information overload. School of Information Student Research Journal, 13(2). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/ischoolsrj/vol13/iss2/4