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Representatives from CNI member organizations gather twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues; and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Each member organization may send two representatives. Visit https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2017 for more information.
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Tuesday, April 4 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Software Carpentry in the Library: Partnering to Give Researchers Needed Technical Skills

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Basic programming and data management skills have become invaluable for creating reproducible research; however, this training is rarely included in graduate curriculum. Major grant-funded projects may be able to hire someone to provide these services, but the majority cannot. Recognizing this need, the University of Oklahoma Libraries has partnered with Software Carpentry, a non-profit foundation that offers two-day, hands-on workshops on basic programming skills designed to help researchers automate and track their research processes. The University Libraries has offered 12 local workshops since 2014 with over 300 faculty, graduate students, and staff from over 30 departments and research groups participating. We offer the workshops multiple times each semester -- one before the semester starts, one during the middle of the semester, and one at the end of the semester. We have found that offering the mid-semester workshop during the week of Thanksgiving or Spring Break increases attendance since participants are more likely to be able to have two full days available. Each workshop is taught by library staff including experts in data management, informatics, and digital scholarship. By having library staff teach and attend the workshops, our team has gained a better understanding of our local researchers’ needs. The sessions also allow researchers to connect and develop relationships with specialists in the library, who can guide them through more advanced data and programming issues. Developing these relationships has helped to position the University Libraries as a nucleus for research on campus. During this briefing, attendees will learn best practices that have resulted from our experiences in planning and implementing such a program.

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Sarah Clayton

Digital Scholarship Specialist, University of Oklahoma
Sarah Clayton joined OU Libraries in July 2015. She earned her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan in 2015 and a B.A. in History from Emory University in 2013. At OU, Sarah supports faculty and students pursing digital projects by teaching workshops on digital tools, providing consultation services for individual projects, and evaluating new technologies. She has been a certified Software Carpentry instructor since 2015.
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Carl Grant

Associate Dean, Knowledge Services & Chief Technology Officer, University of Oklahoma
Carl Grant is the Associate Dean for Knowledge Services and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Oklahoma Libraries. Carl has an extensive background in the information industry and has worked for many years in the corporate enterprise that supports library services in leadership positions at Ex Libris, VTLS, Ameritech Library Services, and Innovative Interfaces.

Tuesday April 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
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