May 27, 2022

Video: Library Carpentry – Teaching Data Science Skills (Recording of a LIBER Webinar)

The LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) webinar video (embedded below) was recorded on April 8, 2019.

Slides used during the presentation are available here.

From the Description:

Nearly all academics use research software and 69% say their research wouldn’t be practical without it. As the use of technology in research increases, libraries have a new and essential role to play.

With appropriate training, libraries can effectively support the data science needs of their researchers. This is critical for the development of Open Science (as highlighted in the report of the European Commission’s Open Science Skills Working Group).

This webinar  hosted by Birgit Schmidt of LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group, will feature speaker Christopher Erdmann. He will introduce The Carpentries: a non-profit organisation that trains people in software development and data science skills. One branch of this organisation, Library Carpentry, is focused on the needs of libraries. Chris will talk about the concept of Library Carpentry: what is taught, why and how, the impact it’s having, and what’s next.

We will also hear from Juliane Schneider, a Carpentries trainer. She will focus on the benefits of becoming a Library Carpentry instructor. Juliane will be one of the trainers present at a Library Carpentry Instructor Training on 24-25 June in Dublin. This workshop is organized by the Library Carpentry community, and they have kindly offered a discounted rate for staff working in LIBER libraries. No prior technical knowledge is necessary.

See Also: Journal Article: “What Are “The Carpentries” and What Are They Doing in the Library?” (Preprint)

Update (April 10)
Announcing the Library Carpentry Advisory Group

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.