Everyone is talking about it!
Like many other school librarians, I have several questions about the newest artificial intelligence, OpenAI ChatGPT. So I thought, what better way to get answers than to ask my questions using the software itself? I must tell you that the interview was fun and even a bit addictive. A few questions about using the tool became a much deeper search.
Here are some of the initial questions I asked the chatbot:
- Is ChatGPT a tool that librarians and teachers can use, or is it a threat?
- How will the integration into the Bing search engine help one’s ability to search?
- How can one determine the legitimacy of answers given in research-based queries?
The interview continues.
Once I received answers, I began to ask even more about the tool. For instance, can a ChatGPT Bing search for a research-based query provide source information, and identify bias, provide corroboration, evidence, and expert opinions? Further, how should school librarians teach research differently with AI-aided searching? And are there sources already available?
When I found that both Google and Microsoft have plans for AI in their search engines, I wanted to know how they compared to one another. I asked, is there information about how different Bing’s ChatGPT and Google’s AI Bard will be in the search process? When does Bing ChatGPT launch, and will there be instructions on search techniques? And when does Google’s Bard launch, and will there be instructions on search techniques? Then based on the precise information given, I made even more technical requests like “please provide source information for “LaMDA” (Language Model for Dialogue Applications).”
I found myself asking “one last question” again and again. So here is a four-part question. It required four questions because I was not getting the exact response I was looking for in the results.
- One last question, you have covered the basics of evaluating responses and sources given in AI-assisted search; how can you help to provide both vertical and lateral reading to help give a fuller understanding of a topic?
- Give me an example of a vertical and lateral reading of AI-assisted search and its use as a tool in research.
- What are sources recommended for vertical and lateral reading on the ChatGPT and Bing search engines?
- Can you provide specific resources for vertical and lateral reading that one might apply to the AI search? Can they be accessed online?
In conclusion, these new tools may be key to engaging students and faculty in the never-ending search for information that leads to lifelong learning. And I found that sometimes it takes several tries to ask the most constructive question.
Important to note
You will notice in the linked transcript that many of the hyperlinks given as resources are dead links. This is because ChatGPT draws from data published in 2021 or earlier; I believe this is a risk you encounter using ChatGPT right now for research. Here are several articles comparing ChatGPT with its counterpart BARD from Google.
For a full transcript with permission [from the chatbot] – http://www.librarianlittle.com/2023/02/an-interview-with-chatgpt.html
Author: Hannah Byrd Little
Hello, I am the Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle. I use my past experience in college and university libraries to help my current students in school libraries transition into college, career, and life. I am currently the lead Senior Class Adviser for the Capstone Project. I also served at the state level with the Tennessee Association of School Librarians executive board from 2009-2013 and was the TASL president in 2012. I am certified as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, have a BS in Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations, a BS in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Education and Information Systems and a Masters in Library and Information Science.