Libraries have long been essential for democratizing knowledge and providing reliable information, extending their services to meet diverse community needs, including educational programs and internet access (Pawley, 2022; Freudenberger, 2022). Librarians, as custodians of information and culture, possess core competencies in information organization, digital literacy, and research skills. The San José State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool) aims to educate professionals who significantly impact global communities through high-quality education, research, and technology innovation. This article examines the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at SJSU iSchool, focusing on the evolution of its 14 core competencies to incorporate advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). As AI transforms educational curricula and administrative processes, updates are needed to include digital literacy, AI ethics, and data privacy, ensuring MLIS graduates are equipped to lead in an AI-integrated future. By aligning these competencies with the iSchool’s strategic vision, the article provides suggestions for integrating AI into existing competencies and identifies potential new competencies to address emerging workplace needs effectively.

About Author

Souvick ‘Vic’ Ghosh is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the School of Information, SJSU. His scholarship involves the development of research models and methods that extend the traditional view of information seeking into voice-based and interactive environments. His research involves extensive use of techniques and approaches in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Deep Neural Networks, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Denise McCoy (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is the Technical Services Supervisor for Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries and graduated from the Master of Library and Information Science program at San Jose State University in 2024. Her areas of research interest currently include information retrieval, information access for marginalized populations, and ethics of data and emerging technologies.

Recommended Citation

Ghoush, V., & McCoy, D. (2024). Looking ahead: Incorporating AI in MLIS competencies. School of Information Student Research Journal, 14(1). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/ischoolsrj/vol14/iss1/3