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The University of Tennessee at Knoxville; The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and the University of Texas, Austin are collaborating on the IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence (AI). This institute will address a gap in education and training for AI leaders in the library and information field through a one-week intensive, interactive, evidence-based, and applications-oriented professional development program for library and information professionals. The Institute will create two cohorts of leaders in knowledge and skills in AI to evaluate and implement in library and information environments. The curriculum will incorporate conceptual, technical, social, and applied aspects, including ethical issues of AI. The project will have national impact by sparking future innovation, collaboration, and dissemination of AI in library and information environments. It is supported by the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries and sustained through the Association of Information Science and Technology.