Carpentries in the Libraries Community Calls

Time to talk about data and software skills in libraries

This post originally appeared on the Library Carpentry website

By Chris Erdmann

Time to talk about data and software skills in libraries

One of the strengths of The Carpentries is its community and libraries are great places to foster conversations around data and software skills. There are a number of places where our community can have conversations and get involved - these include our Library Carpentry GitHub, Gitter channel, and Topicbox list. Now there is another option. Starting in August, we will start a monthly online calls series for one hour with the following format:

  • 0-20 min - Guest speaker
  • 20-50 min - Community updates
  • 50-60 min - Library Carpentry updates

For the calls, we will use a collaborative etherpad. Members of the community can participate by adding their names, contact information, and updates under the “Community Updates” sections. The next 3 calls are listed in the etherpad, details on how to join the calls via Zoom are listed, and we already have speakers lined up to inspire discussions around topics:

6 August @ 20:00 UTC
Shelley Stall, Director of Data Programs at American Geophysical Union
Topic: Brief update on Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data & software and how can librarians get involved
See time and date in your zone

24 September @ 20:00 UTC
Tara Vancil, In charge of words, product, website at Beaker, a browser for the peer to peer web
Topic: Peer to peer web for librarians
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1 October @ 20:00 UTC
Tim Head, Python and Stats Consultant, Building Binder at Wild Tree Tech
Topic: Binder, a tool to help researchers make their code immediately reproducible
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5 November @ 21:00 UTC
Konrad Foerstner, Professor for Information Literacy at the Technical University of Cologne and Head of Information services at ZB MED - Information Center for Life Sciences
Topic: Leveraging The Carpentries to grow library services
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3 December @ 21:00 UTC
Ed Summers, Software Developer, Maryland Institute for Technology and DocNow
Topic: Talk and tour of the Documenting the Now project and tools to support social media & web archiving efforts
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You can also add the public calendar.

If you would like to suggest speakers for upcoming calls, please email your ideas to, suggest names in the etherpad, or contact

We hope to collect community feedback on whether these calls are useful in the next few months. In the meantime, let’s chat more online: Library Carpentry GitHub, Gitter channel, and/or Topicbox list.

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