Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a pivotal force in modern society, significantly impacting various sectors, including academia. This paper examines the broad implications of AI, particularly Large Language Models (LLMs), and their transformative potential across educational institutions. The San Jose State University's iSchool is highlighted as a case study, demonstrating its proactive approach to integrating nascent technologies and revising curriculum competencies to address AI's influence. As AI reshapes library and information science (LIS) education, the development of new competencies, such as data privacy and ethical AI use, becomes essential. Furthermore, the ethical and societal implications of AI, including potential inequalities and biases, are explored. The response of scholarly publishing communities, illustrated by the iSchool's Student Research Journal's policies, underscores the need for adaptable frameworks to manage AI's impact on research integrity. This paper advocates for immediate curriculum design adjustments and ongoing policy reviews to ensure responsible AI integration, emphasizing the importance of equitable access and the ethical use of AI technologies.

About Author

Odin Halvorson works at the intersection of technology, creativity, and community, bridging the gap between science, the arts, and empathy. As an itinerant volunteer and community organizer, he has helped build projects for social good at both the national and local scales, with organizations such as Socrates Cafe and EveryLibrary. As a librarian and creative writer, he engages directly with the public in multiple spheres, working to foment a plurality of perspective within diversity's infinite combinations. Odin's 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 Round Table Writers, an organization dedicated to “writers helping writers”.

Recommended Citation

Halvorson, O. H. (2024). AI in academia: Policy development, ethics, and curriculum design. School of Information Student Research Journal, 14(1). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/ischoolsrj/vol14/iss1/1