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The Highline Library in the Age of Generative AI Tools


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Image generated by Microsoft Copilot DALL-E Image generator using the prompt: "manga style abstract art of a robot reading a book" on May 17, 2024.

How do we re-imagine the academic library's mission and resources in an age of generative AI tools?

ChatGPT recommended titles for this article included: 

  • Revolutionizing Reading: Dive into the World of Generative AI at the Highline Library

  • Unlocking Tomorrow: Generative AI at Highline - A Literary Borrow

After resisting the urge to let gen AI title and then compose this entire essay (delving into beautifully bullet-pointed lists organized by bolded subcategories), we decided to lean into the uncertainty and learning about this disruptive technology.

We don't know how gen AI tools will evolve, or what sort of unanticipated consequences gen AI will produce, but we are committed to learning more about gen AI's biases and blind spots and opportunities, and to support the campus through discussions with all of you, and with our evolving Generative AI Resource Guide.

We decided to compile many of the questions our department has been discussing around gen AI, including:

I've always considered myself a decent writer, and was in fact even a Language Arts teacher for a short period of my life, but I've never been terribly comfortable with blatant self-promotion. When it came time for my most recent job search, I found myself struggling with writing effective cover letters - actually, I was struggling to tell whether my cover letters were effective or not. I felt like I was addressing the relevant qualifications, but it was hard for me to evaluate whether I was doing an adequate job promoting myself. So I decided to ask chatGPT.Here's what I did: I gave chatGPT a copy of my resume and the job description and asked it to write a cover letter for me, and it did. It wasn't a particularly well-written cover letter and virtually none of it made it in to the final cover letter that I submitted, but it showed me a new way of organizing my thoughts so that I was focusing on the best I had to offer. It also reminded me how to make direct connections between the experiences I had listed in my resume and the requirements listed in the job description. I revised my own cover letter, synthesizing some of these new ideas and modifying some of my own previous ones.

The end result was a more focused version of my own cover letter, and one that turned out strong enough to get me an interview. I would never recommend using chatGPT to write a cover letter FOR you, but as both a creative tool and revision tool, it can be very helpful in widening your perspective on your writing while also helping you focus in on what's most important.

¡Bienvenido a la biblioteca de Highline College! Ku Soo Dhawoow Maktabada Kulliyadda Highline!

¡Bienvenido a la biblioteca de Highline College! Ku Soo Dhawoow Maktabada Kulliyadda Highline! Chào mừng đến với Thư viện trường Cao đẳng Highline! Ласкаво просимо до бібліотеки Highline College!

New multilingual language options to browse the Highline College Library website. Over 120 languages are now available, including Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, and many more.

From the homepage, choose Select Language from the menu at the top right:




What Advice Would You Give to a New Student at Highline?

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Photograph of 2023 Highline College Commencement courtesy of Romute Barkauskaite

Congrats to all our 2024 graduates!

What do you wish you knew when you started classes at Highline College?

What advice would you give to a new student at Highline College?

Take our survey (open to students, faculty, staff, and administration)

We may share your wisdom with new Highline students in Fall 2024!

What Would Library Staff (WWLS) Read?

In addition to the Highline Library's book collection, all Highline College students and employees have free and automatic access to the King County Library System (KCLS) Online Library

  • Suddenly Super: a twisted tale (Jen Calonita)
  • No paw to stand (Laurie Cass)
  • We are not free (Traci Chee)
  • Forget me not (Alyson Derrick)
  • Cats in stacks (Miranda James) 
  • Requiem for a Mouse (Miranda James) 


Horse Brain, Human Brain: The Neuroscience of Horsemanship (Janet Jones PhD)

An eye-opening game-changer of a book that sheds new light on how horses learn, think, perceive, and perform, and explains how to work with the horse’s brain instead of against it.

  • Local: a memoir (Jessica Machado)
  • Set in Stone: a twisted tale (Mari Mancusi)
  • Rental person who does nothing (Shoji Morimoto)


Vintage Living: Creating a Beautiful Home with Treasured Objects from the Past (Bob Richter)

Create a vintage home that feels loved and lived-in. Discover how to find the best vintage treasures—from antiques to thrift store finds—that bring beauty, comfort, and personal meaning into your home.

  • Wandering son, volume 1 (Takako Shimura)


Complete Care for Your Aging Cat (Amy Shojai)

Comprehensive cat reference material from interviews with over 100 veterinary experts, and the latest developments in veterinary care advice for cats' health care for old cats, this is the definitive guide for keeping senior cats vital, happy, and active throughout their golden years.

  • Kill the beast (Disney Villains series) (Serena Valentino)
  • On earth we're briefly gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)
  • The fox wife (Yangsze Choo)

Books we want to read. Actual TBR (To Be Read) piles from library staff.

Jack Harton's TBR pile


Katie Straton's TBR pile

Deb Moore's TBR pile

Upcoming Library Events

two smiling people stand behind a table with LGBTQIA+ themed books

Spring 2024 Q Center Pop-up Library

smiling person sits behind a table with ESOL-themed books

ESOL Night Pop-up Library

Multi-colored post-it notes answering the question: "What food tastes like home?"

What Food Tastes Like Home? Global Fest 2024 Pop-up Library

AAPI Avenue Pop-up Library

Date: Monday, May 20, 2024 (11 am -1:30 pm)

Location: Building 8, Mt. Constance and Mt. Olympus

Check out your next great Asian American Pacific Islander read at the AAPI pop-up library.

Paws for a Break with Therapy Dogs

Date: Tuesday, May 28 (10-11 am)

Location: Outside Building 25 (under the awning in the event of inclement weather)

Stop by for a stress relief break with therapy dogs!

Highline Storytime with Devoni Young, ASHC President

Date: Wednesday, June 10 (11am-12pm)

Location: Building 25, 3rd floor near Children’s Collection

Bring your littles and come join us for snacks and storytime!

Contact if you are interested in working with the Library to schedule a pop-up library for your upcoming event. Library staff are happy to work with you to bring books and resources tailored to your event participants.


Library Poetry: Gen AI or Human?

Was the poem bard human? Or gen AI? Put your gen AI detection skills to the test!

Image created using Microsoft Copilot's DALL-E 3, using the prompt, "A robot writing a poem in watercolor style," May 17, 2024.


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Highline College Library Building on a sunny day

Photograph of Highline College Library courtesy of Romute Barkauskaite