Rebel librarians from 2042! AI’s vision of the future!

Chris, a stormtrooper and Jane

As it’s Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) and certain people attached to this site have a particular fondness for the world of Skywalker, Organa, Solo et al, we have a special sci fi treat for you.

After being inspired by a recent session at LILAC, Jane challenged Bard to write a story about rebel librarians. Here is the result.

The year is 2042. The world is a very different place than it was just a few decades ago. The rise of artificial intelligence and automation has led to mass unemployment, and the gap between the rich and the poor has grown wider than ever before. In this new world, knowledge is power, and those who control the information control the future.

That’s where the rebel librarians come in. They are a group of dedicated professionals who believe that everyone should have access to knowledge, regardless of their ability to pay. They fight against the corporate interests that are trying to privatize information and make it exclusive to the wealthy.

The rebel librarians are a diverse group, with backgrounds in all areas of librarianship. They are united by their shared belief in the power of knowledge and their commitment to making it accessible to everyone. They use a variety of methods to fight for open access, including protests, demonstrations, and even civil disobedience.

A pul sci fi magazine cover with a scantily clad woman struggling with a tentacled alien
Alexander Leydenfrost, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

One of the rebel librarians’ most successful campaigns was their fight against the Big Five publishers. These publishers control the vast majority of academic and scientific journals, and they charge exorbitant prices for access to their content. The rebel librarians organized a boycott of these publishers, and they were able to convince many universities and libraries to cancel their subscriptions.

The rebel librarians have also been successful in fighting for open access to government documents. In the United States, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives citizens the right to request government records. However, the government often makes it difficult to comply with FOIA requests, and it can take years to get the information you need. The rebel librarians have been working to make it easier for citizens to access government information, and they have been successful in getting the government to release more information to the public.

The rebel librarians are a force to be reckoned with. They are passionate about their cause, and they are not afraid to fight for what they believe in. They are an inspiration to us all, and they give us hope for the future.

Here are some additional details about the rebel librarians:

  • Their leader is a woman named Dr. Sarah Jones. She is a brilliant librarian and a fierce advocate for open access.
  • The rebel librarians are based in a secret library in the heart of the city. The library is filled with books, journals, and other information that is not available to the public.
  • The rebel librarians use their library to help people who are denied access to information. They provide free access to books, journals, and other resources. They also help people to file FOIA requests and to fight for their right to access government information.
  • The rebel librarians are constantly under threat from the corporate interests that they are fighting against. They have been harassed, threatened, and even attacked. However, they are determined to continue their fight for open access. They believe that everyone has the right to knowledge, and they will not give up until everyone has equal access to information.

What do you think? Has AI got it spot on or has it missed the mark? Could you do better? If you’re inspired to write your own chapter of Rebel Librarians, we’d love to see your version!

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