Libraries everywhere recognize the need for skilling up our teams with data tools. This is due to increased use of data tools in librarianship as well as to the evolution of research and scholarship toward data driven processes; yet providing those skills at an institutional level can be challenging. Our panel represents several consortiums that address this need at a community level, providing professional development and a community of practice in our field and in service to our patrons.
Panelists represent regional library partnerships pursuing a Carpentries-focused solution. [The Carpentries]’ mission, “to build global capacity in essential data and computational skills for conducting efficient, open, and reproducible research” aligns with our needs for capacity building, and their pedagogical model supports a train-the-trainer approach for scaling.
[The New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium (NESCLiC)] and [New York Data Carpentries Library Consortium (NYDCLC)] bring together libraries to share membership with the Carpentries, allowing the regions to offer low cost workshops on various data skills.
[The New Mexico Cyberinfrastructure Training (NMCIT)] program leverages Carpentry workshops and instructor trainings to support a statewide human infrastructure around data science skills and workforce development.
[The Great Plains Network (GPN)] is both an internet and people connector. While there are readily available network solutions, creating human relationships is just as important, and the GPN uses Carpentries to do that.
These presenters represent library consortiums in different stages of the implementation process: getting started, growing, and fully enacted. In this panel discussion, representatives from each regional partnership will present on a key part of the process, addressing both challenges and successes, providing practical insights into cooperative skills-building trainings. The panel will leave time for discussion of questions from the audience and facilitator.