**Building a Carpentries Community**
How can librarians demonstrate their relevance in the changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in "The Carpentries" by teaching software code and improving researcher's data toolkits! The Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) can serve as a core programmatic element for libraries to invest in.
The New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium, or NESCLiC for short, has brought together library staff from nine academic libraries: Yale, Harvard, Tufts, Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, UMass Medical, UConn, Brown, and Mt. Holyoke.
NESCLiC shares the costs and benefits that go along with Gold Tier membership, but the Consortium also allows staff from the different areas of academic librarianship and technology, including the digital humanities, statistics, high performance computing, sciences, engineering, medical libraries, and data services, to work together on Carpentries initiatives in their libraries.
The group's goal was to create a network of Carpentries instructors in New England, to share instruction, and ultimately, to develop new lesson material. Sharing the membership between the nine libraries allowed NESCLiC members to pilot the Carpentries approach together, rather than separately, and to lower the costs for each institution.
Members of NESCLiC have served as hosts, instructors, and helpers in nine workshops across New England, reaching librarians and scholars at: Tufts, Dartmouth, Yale, SCSU, Berklee School of Music and Brown. Moving forward, NESCLiC plans to extend their membership to other academic institutions and help onboard additional certified instructors.
Learn how the instructors are staying involved in this consortium, building their own carpentry skills, giving back to their communities, and collaborating around New England (and beyond)!
**NESCLiC Executive Committee**
<br>Julie Goldman, Harvard University, firstname.lastname@example.org
<br>Kristin Lee, Tufts University, Kristin.Lee@tufts.edu
<br>Joshua Dull, Yale University, email@example.com
<br>Lora Leligdon, Dartmouth College, firstname.lastname@example.org
<br>Sarah Oelker, Mt. Holyoke, email@example.com
<br>Andrew Creamer, Brown University, firstname.lastname@example.org
<br>Thea Atwood, UMass - Amherst, email@example.com