Satellite Event: Library Carpentry Instructor Training for Librarians

Satellite Event: Library Carpentry Instructor Training for Librarians

Need data science training? Consider participating in a special LIBER 2019 Satellite Event, Library Carpentry Instructor Training for Librarians, on 24-25 June.

This workshop, which teaches you how to teach technical subjects better, is organized by the Library Carpentry community. The organisers have kindly offered a discounted rate for staff working in LIBER libraries.

What is Library Carpentry?

Library Carpentry develops lessons and teaches workshops for and with people working in library and information related roles. It is part of The Carpentries, a project that is also home to the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry lesson projects.

The goal of Library Carpentry is to empower people working in library and information related roles to work more efficiently and potentially teach the skills they have learned to colleagues, students, and researchers. This is where instructor training comes in. Regular Library Carpentry training is done face-to-face, using the lesson materials which are all available online, under a CC-BY licence.

About the Course

This training is for anyone working in a library and information-related role. It is organised and managed by the Library Carpentry organisation, in collaboration with LIBER. Participants will:

  • Get exposure to data science training approaches;
  • Connect with your community around software and data skills;
  • Join a growing community of instructors around the world.

No specific technical knowledge is required. You should take part if you feel that you would like to teach at least some of the lessons in the Library Carpentry syllabus.

You don’t have to be a prodigy yourself. It’s a matter of self-confidence: You may not realise that you actually know a great amount. When you are teaching people who are new to some of these topics, there is a vast gap between your knowledge and theirs.

The lessons are well-designed and can take the users step-by-step across this knowledge gap, to a place where they can continue their learning by integrating this into their work practice and self-directed study. This course will really help you bridge that gap in a constructive way.

Teaching a Library Carpentry lesson is a very rewarding process because the response to the lessons is often so very positive from the trainees, giving a great sense of satisfaction to you as the instructor.


  • General: €200
  • LIBER Member Institutions: €130
  • LIR Member Institutions: €30

Note: This is a separate event to the LIBER pre-conference workshops. Registration and payment is handled by the Library Carpentry association and is in no way part of your LIBER conference registration.

Register here.

Further Information

The purpose of this training is to make you a certified instructor. As a certified instructor, you become part of an international network of individuals, who are dedicated to bridging the digital skills gap in academic librarianship and in research. Certification helps to maintain high-quality in the lessons and consistency in delivery standards. Carpentries instructors are better equipped to refine lessons, workshops, and to enhance the movement.

You can start hosting Carpentries events on your own campus or within your own organisation. Library directors; having qualified Carpentries instructors on your staff is a great way to enhance the value proposition and effectiveness of your library.

This instructor training teaches applicants how to teach. The focus will be on evidence-based education techniques and hands-on practice; as a condition of taking part, applicants must agree to:

Meet Your Trainers

Juliane Schneider – In a 20-year career specializing in metadata, ontologies and discovery, Juliane Schneider has worked in start-ups, on Wall Street in an insurance library, at NYU medical center, for EBSCO publishing, and at UC San Diego in the Research Data Curation Program. Her longest stint at any job was the six years she spent at Countway Library as the Metadata Librarian, and now she has returned to Harvard as the Team Lead/Lead Data Curator for Harvard Catalyst.

Her latest passion is for the instruction of librarians in data best practices and the tools used in data management. She is a certified instructor and trainer for The Carpentries, believing that well structured, reproducible data begins with understanding the tools and processes used to produce it (Bash, command line, regex, OpenRefine, Python, R). She has also been involved in Library Carpentry lesson development, especially for OpenRefine.

Tim Dennis – Tim is Director of the Data Science Center at UCLA Library where he provides data services, including help finding data, instruction, one-on-one consulting, and community building. He is a regular user of R, Python, SQL and command-line tools and have extensive experience helping researchers and students with these tools.

Part of his role at UCLA involves contributing to the Carpentries community, a global volunteer-run educational enterprise that teaches foundational coding, and data science skills to researchers. As part of this, Tim co-teaches two-day training sessions, both online and in person, which cover evidence-based practices from educational psychology on how people learn and how to better teach software and data skills.

The Venue

The event will take place in the James Joyce Library, University College Dublin.  UCD Library is at the heart of Ireland’s largest campus and UCD is Ireland’s Global University.  The library comprises of five physical locations, but also comprises our Special Collections, UCD Archives, National Folklore Collection (inscribed in 2017 to the UNESCO Memory of the World register), UCD Digital Library and Research Repository UCD.  Please see the UCD Interactive Map for directions.

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