Artificial Intelligence and Diversity: A turning point in archival practice

Date and Hour: June 11th 2021 / 18:00 - 19:00 CET 

Language: English  

Webinar Summary 

Artificial intelligence marks a turning point for the records and archives profession, and how we identify, select, preserve and make accessible data and records. The volumes of information and the nature of the digital record mean that we can no longer physically look at, manage, care for or physically handle materials, and digital records require different approaches to help us understand them, AI being one of the mechanisms. Artificial intelligence has the capability to facilitate our work, but it can also entrench perspectives and biases of our practice. In this webinar we will introduce a new multidisciplinary and diverse project entitled the Hub for Artificial Intelligence Research as well as challenge the profession to consider its practices and biases moving forward. 



Dr Rebecca Bayeck

Dr Rebecca Bayeck

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American and African Studies, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 

Dr Rebecca Y. Bayeck is a CLIR postdoctoral fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, She is the founder, director, and project lead of the Hub for Artificial Intelligence Research in Archives (HAIRA). She holds a dual-PhD in Learning Design & Technology and Comparative & International Education from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr Azure StewartDr Azure Stewart

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University Libraries 

Dr Azure Stewart is an educational strategist, researcher and interactional ethnographer.  She earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has been situated in studying communities, and making visible institutions barriers towards student success and disciplinary learning. Azure is currently a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University Libraries. 


Dr Anthea Seles

Dr Anthea Seles

ICA Secretary General 

Anthea Seles, as Secretary General, is the senior staff member in the Secretariat, responsible for the line management of all ICA’s paid staff. 

She co-ordinates the work of ICA officers and bodies on the organization’s major initiatives and manages its relations with external partners. Tasked with upholding ICA’s constitution, she organizes the meetings of the Executive Board and the General Assembly and plays a major role in the planning of Quadrennial Congresses and Annual Conferences. She acts as Director of ICA Publications, both printed and electronic.