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#PLA2024 RA Meets AI: Building and Launching a Reader’s Advisory Kiosk

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most discussed topics at #PLA2024! After all, AI is a revolutionary new technology. Kara Reuter, Travis Clark, and Stefan Langer showed how they created the Recommendation Station for Worthington (Ohio) Libraries. Worthington Libraries have Recommendation Stations at all of their branches. To use the kiosk, a patron walks up to the station and scans a book that they’ve enjoyed. Then, the station’s software connects with the library’s reader’s advisory database. The database sends back read-alike book recommendations. The kiosk shows the patron each book’s cover, and if it is currently available at that branch. Patrons can click on each book to see more information, and then print off or email the recommendations. The focus of the kiosk is to encourage patrons to leave with a physical book in hand. They can also place a hold on a book that’s not available at their…