Library Carpentry: software and data skills for library and information professionals

Thursday 4th July, 10.25

Room 4.205


Library Carpentry develops lessons and teaches workshops for and with people working in library and information-related roles. Their goal is to create an on-ramp to empower this community to use software and data in their own work as well as be advocates for, and train others in, efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

This session gives an overview of the history and goals of the Library Carpentry initiative, followed by a little taster of their lessons and teaching style with a jargon-busting exercise.

Jez Cope, Data Services Lead, The British Library

Jez helps researchers communicate and collaborate more effectively using technology. As Data Services Lead in the Research Services Department at the British Library, he is responsible for evolving and delivering the Library’s vision for data: “that data are as integrated into our collections, research and services as text is today.” He also manages the Library’s service providing DataCite DOIs to UK research institutions.

He has been involved in the ‘Carpentries’ community for several years, teaching software and data skills to researchers and GLAM professionals. He is also interested in developing infrastructure and practices to archive and preserve research software for the future.

Antony Groves, Learning and Teaching Librarian, University of Sussex

Antony works at the University of Sussex Library as a Learning & Teaching Librarian within the Academic Services team. In this role, he delivers training to undergraduates and taught postgraduates across all schools of study along with creating e-learning tools to develop students’ information skills. Antony is also a committee member for CILIP’s MmIT Special Interest Group. He has written about emerging areas of practice in his work for a range of journals, blogs and conferences. These can be found using his ORCID identifier: 0000-0002-0535-0136