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Title: For an ethics of personalized recommendation at the French National Library
Other Titles: Pour une éthique de la recommandation personnalisée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France
Authors: Leclaire, Céline
Termignon, Lucie
Keywords: Subject::Artificial intelligence
Subject::Personally identifiable information
Subject::Digital libraries
Issue Date: 12-Sep-2022
Publisher: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Series/Report no.: 87th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC);Satellite Meeting: Information Technology: New Horizons in Artificial Intelligence in Libraries
Abstract: AI ethic-related issues are the subject of numerous reflections and contributions from scientific research, institutions and, project operators. We propose to take the example of a service under development at the BnF to step into the conversation. What questions and ethical principles guide the French National Library as it embarks on the development of a personalized content recommendation system powered by artificial intelligence (AI)? How does this approach reflect the institution's overall AI policy? The integration of recommendations into Gallica appears to be an increasingly necessary tool for enhancing the value of its rich and diverse collections while responding to the users’ needs (particularly researchers). Beyond the technical challenge, its implementation raises many ethical concerns – trust, transparency, and avoidance of filter bubbles–and forces the Library to clarify the position it intends to occupy in the documentary landscape. The meaning of recommendation and the definition of the librarian and its role are at stake.
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