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Library Carpentry and real world librarianship

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posted on 2019-05-15, 00:21 authored by Anton AngeloAnton Angelo, Antje Lubcke
The Carpentries, a model for teaching “foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide” (, are slowly gaining traction in research institutions in NZ. The short workshops (usually run over two days) aim to provide access to computational skills development in an environment where time constraints on the part of faculty means these skills are mostly left up to individuals to teach themselves. Librarians have also seen the value in this approach to teach their colleagues skills they might not otherwise have the time or opportunity to learn. Enter: Library Carpentry. But how applicable are coding and data science skills to librarians in their day-to-day work?

This presentation will introduce Library Carpentry - what it is and how it is taught - and address the question of how it can be connected to real world Librarianship. How can we show transfer of learning to real work situations? How do we follow up workshops to ensure we continue to develop and embed these skills? How might we go about evaluating the learning that takes place (especially in the context of recent challenges to the ‘boot camp’ or short course format as an ineffective model for encouraging long-term learning)? Finally, how can you get certified to instruct Carpentry workshops?

Anton Angelo is Research Data Co-ordinator at the University of Canterbury, and a certified Carpentries Instructor. He has led Software and Data carpentry events, and is involved in developing Library Carpentry lessons, specifically in programming. Anton uses a variety of tools to analyse library related data at Canterbury, and advises staff and students on research data management.

Antje Lübcke is a Research Services Librarian in the Research Support Unit of the University of Otago Library, and (as of 25 October 2018) a certified Carpentries Instructor. Her background is not, however, in libraries, having completed her PhD in the early photographic history of Papua New Guinea at the Australian National University in January 2017. During her studies, Antje also worked on digitisation projects in archives in Australia and New Zealand.


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