Our mission

ai4lam is a collaborative framework for libraries, archives and museums to organize, share and elevate their knowledge about and use of artificial intelligence. Individually we are slow and isolated; collectively we can go faster and farther.


Inspired by the success of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in coordinating large scale collaboration on interoperable technology to advance LAMs, the National Library of Norway and Stanford University Libraries signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2018 to create an open collaboration on AI. The 2018 Fantastic Futures conference in Oslo was the first concrete step in this effort, adding more events, participants and collaborations since then.


AI4LAM is based on solely voluntary work from the participating organizations. The five participating organizations have decided to build this international collaboration over some time, and they have established a prelimenary organization concisting of a Secretariat, Working Groups and the Annual AI4LAM conference. The AI4LAM organization is supposed to adapt to lessons learned underway.

Svein Arne Brygfjeld (National Library of Norway) and Tom Cramer (Stanford Libraries) co-chair the Secretariat for the first year.