University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: “The Strategic Value of Library Carpentry and The Carpentries to Research Libraries”
At the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I see the benefits of partnering with The Carpentries. Doing so allows us to spend our time more efficiently through developing training material collaboratively at a global scale. This in turn allows librarians to focus on relationships, and teaching a common curriculum that teaches computational skills across many disciplines. Software and data skills are now needed in every discipline and, via Carpentries training, the Libraries can learn about and implement additional services that can help UNC-Chapel Hill researchers excel.
The University Libraries sees The Carpentries as a strategic way to better aligning our services to the UNC-Chapel Hill research community. In October, we will launch our initiative to train a significant number of our staff, library school faculty, and students and help them develop as instructors. The idea is simple: the Libraries will act as a hub for Carpentries activities on campus and work with our institutional partners to integrate the training in a variety of ways. I am excited about Library Carpentry and I anticipate that other libraries will equally benefit from The Carpentries efforts.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.