We attended Library Carpentry, what next?

Ms Janice Chan1

1Curtin University, Perth, Australia, Janice.Chan@curtin.edu.au


In 2017, a few Curtin Library staff ran a series of Library Carpentry[1] workshops. The workshops were well-attended by library staff. Feedback from these workshops suggested attendees recognised the need to develop data and computational skills, and expressed interest to discuss how they can apply the skills to their day-to-day work.

Base on the HackyHour model[2], a regular meetup called “Library HackyHour” has been established in 2018. Using the Curtin Makerspace[3] as a neutral platform, Curtin Library staff and Curtin School of Media, Creative Arts, and Social Inquiry staff and students get together every fortnight to share ideas, get help, discuss a problem, and work on projects with like-minded colleagues.

Some of the activities in Curtin Library HackyHour have included lightning talks, learning group for a specific programming language, discussion of work problems related to data and automation, and exploration of open datasets in preparation for future hackathons.

This lightning talk is relevant to this year’s conference because libraries play a key role in supporting eResearch. This is an example of how a workplace can foster a peer-to-peer learning community which is inexpensive, has low barrier of entry to any library staff (and academics training future library staff) who want to become digitally fluent and be better equipped to support researchers now and into the future.


  1. http://librarycarpentry.org/
  2. https://github.com/amandamiotto/HackyHourHandbook
  3. https://maker.library.curtin.edu.au/



Janice Chan is Coordinator, Research Services at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Janice’s experience is in repository management and scholarly communications. She is interested in open research, metrics and impact assessment, research data management, library-led publishing, data analysis and visualisation, and innovative practice in library service delivery.