Library Carpentry

Library Carpentry Library Carpentry introduces librarians, repository and research data managers, metadata librarians and other information workers to fundamental skills around coding and data analysis and provides them with a platform for further self-directed learning, based on the the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry programmes. In 2018, it became an official ‘Carpentry’ and inspired many other upcoming Carpentries.

Library Carpentry is made by librarians, for librarians to help them:

  • automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks

  • create, maintain and analyse sustainable and reusable data

  • work effectively with IT and systems colleagues

  • better understand the use of software in research

How it started?

Library Carpentry was started by James Baker, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow 2015. James used his Fellowship funds to launch initial Library Carpentry workshops, which in the first year attracted 59 participants from 14 institutions in London and reached 200-250 librarians. Since then, a number of workshops have run in various countries across four continents.

Find out more about the Library Carpentry activities.

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