What the Duck: Autocomplete and Algorithmic Bias in Ex Libris Discovery Interfaces

Grounded in the work of Matthew Reidsma, Safiya Noble, Emily Drabinski, Kevin Seeber, and many others, this session will explore both the methods and results of a student-faculty research collaboration investigating how algorithmic bias may manifest in both autocomplete and search results in Ex Libris’ Primo, Primo VE, and Summon discovery interfaces. The researchers will facilitate a discussion about the research, its findings, and what change and advocacy in this area might look like.

The event is finished.


Oct 09 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm




  • Franny Gaede
    Franny Gaede
    Director of Digital Scholarship Services, University of Oregon

    Franny Gaede joined the University of Oregon Libraries as Director of Digital Scholarship Services in August 2017. She provides leadership and support for digital scholarship, digital collections, digital preservation, scholarly communication, and library-led open access publishing. She earned her MSIS and BA in History at the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked as the Scholarly Communication Librarian for Butler University. Franny’s professional interests include open access and social justice, digital scholarship project sustainability and preservation, and applications for digital scholarship work in research and teaching.

  • Margaret A. Alexander
    Margaret A. Alexander
    Core Systems Librarian, University of Oregon

    Margaret Alexander has worked in library technology for most of her career, including a short stint at Innovative Interfaces and a much longer stint at the Eugene (Oregon) Public Library overseeing Technology for the library system. She made the transition to academic libraries last Winter, right before the COVID closures. She has been active in the Oregon Library Association, working most recently in legislative and standards development, and had been involved in the organization formerly known as the Library Information Technology Association of the American Library Association. She has also been an adjunct for the University of Washington iSchool, teaching about Systems Librarianship. She has presented on topics ranging from RFID to change management.

  • Marilee Zafaripour
    Marilee Zafaripour
    Student, University of Oregon

    Marilee Zafaripour is the DREAM Lab Research Associate and a sophomore in the computer science program at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include natural language processing and accessibility. She is an avid knitter and baker, and enjoys finding ways to support underrepresented groups in tech and adventuring with her border collie.