May 23, 2022

Journal Article: “Joining Together to Build More: The New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium”

The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of eScience Librarianship.


Joining Together to Build More: The New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium


Thea P. Atwood
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Andrew T. Creamer
Brown University

Joshua Dull
Yale University

Julie Goldman
Harvard University

Kristin Lee
Tufts University

Lora C. Leligdon
Dartmouth College

Sarah K. Oelker
Mount Holyoke College


Journal of eScience Librarianship
Vol 8 No 1
DOI: 10.7191/jeslib.2019.1161


In 2017 a group of academic library and information technology staff from institutions across New England piloted a process of joining The Carpentries, an organization developed to train researchers in essential computing skills and practices for automating and improving their handling of data, as a consortium. The New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium (NESCLiC) shared a gold-level tier membership to become a Carpentries member organization. NESCLiC members attended a Software Carpentry workshop together and then participated in instructor training as a cohort, collaborating on learning the material, practicing, and beginning to host and teach workshops as a group.

This article describes both the successes and challenges of forming this new consortium, suggests good practices for those who might wish to form similar collaborations, and discusses the future of this program and other efforts to help researchers improve their computing and data handling skills.

Direct to Full Text Article
10 pages; PDF.

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