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Workshop A-02
Tuesday, 18/June/2019:
11:15am - 12:30pm

Location: Room 035

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ID: 238 / Workshop A-02: 1
Workshop session
Topics: Roadmap of our Profession
Keywords: software and data skills, data literacy, professional development

Library Carpentry and medical libraries: How to acquire software and data skills as information professionals?

Evamaria Krause1, Daniel Bangert2, Konrad Förstner3

1Augsburg University Library, Germany; 2Göttingen State and University Library; 3ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, Germany

Library Carpentry ( is a community driven software and data skills training to help librarians develop skills around coding and data analysis. In this workshop, we will introduce Library Carpentry as well as the pedagogical approach taken by The Carpentries (Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry,, and discuss with participants how this concept can be applied to help train information professionals in medical libraries.

Regarding the "Roadmap of our profession", the overall aim of the workshop is to discuss the importance of software and data skills that go beyond typical office programs and that help to increase efficiency and reproducibility in the daily work. The second aim is to introduce Library Carpentry as one approach how these skills can be acquired. We will present different ways to get involved, e.g. by becoming a Carpentries helper or instructor, by contributing to the ongoing lesson development, or by organising a Library Carpentry workshop at one's home institution.

The discussion will be guided by three themes:

  1. The bigger picture: Which software and data skills do we need to have (some/better) knowledge of as information professionals in medical libraries? What are problems that we would like to be able to solve with these skills? Where are the limits, i.e. what can we only achieve in collaboration with IT experts? What might be our patrons' expectations?
  2. Workshop content and lesson development: Which Library Carpentry lessons would you choose for a workshop at your institution? Which topics (specific for medical libraries or general) are you currently missing in the Carpentries curriculum? Which hands-on examples could be addressed in workshops to make them more relevant to medical libraries?
  3. Getting started: Which questions do you still have on getting involved in Library Carpentry? How can you get started? Which challenges and opportunities do you perceive?

Learning outcomes : Participants will : understand the teaching philosophy and organisation of Library Carpentry and The Carpentries; be able to determine which aspects of Library Carpentry might be useful to them to develop and foster the uptake of software and data skills at their home institution; have all the information at hand to be able to organise a Library Carpentry event at their institution.

Type of interactivity : We will start with a brief introduction (10 min) to the Carpentries organisation, their pedagogical concept and the lessons currently developed for Library Carpentry. We will then have a Knowledge/World Café discussion session of 3 x 15 min. There will be three topics which are given above, so that every participant will have the chance to attend every table. Each table will be chaired by one of the workshop presenters, who will - together with participants - collect discussion results on a whiteboard or flipboard. The last 10-15 min will be spent for a final discussion, in which we will collect the main ideas from each table and answer any remaining questions.

Level : Introductory

Target audience : The workshop is targeted at information professionals with an interest in which software and data skills medical librarians and other health information professionals need and how Library Carpentry might be a means of acquiring these skills.

Preparation for the session : Yes. For discussion theme 2 (see Description above), please read through the overview page of one of our lessons (on or click the “Site” icon, or on click “Lessons”, then one of them, and then “View lesson”).

Biography and Bibliography
Evamaria Krause: Studied microbiology (PhD), biotechnology, plant ecophysiology & vegetation ecology. Worked in university libraries and in research data management. Currently subject librarian for medicine at the newly established medical library at Augsburg University.
Daniel Bangert: Studied musicology (PhD) and information management. Worked in Australia as a researcher and librarian, specialising in research data management and scholarly communication. Currently Scientific Manager at the Göttingen State and University Library working on European projects such as the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe and FAIRsFAIR.
Konrad Förstner: Biochemistry and computer science, PhD in bioinformatics, Postdoc at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (University of Würzburg), head of the Core Unit Systems Medicine (University of Würzburg); Now joint Professor for Information Literacy at the TH Cologne and Head of Information Services at ZB MED.
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