Data Scientist Training for Librarians or DST4L is an experimental course being offered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics John G. Wolbach Library and the Harvard Library to train librarians to respond to the growing data needs of their communities. Data science techniques are becoming increasingly important to all fields of scholarship. In this hands-on course, librarians learn the latest tools for extracting, wrangling, storing, analyzing, and visualizing data. By experiencing the research data lifecycle themselves, librarians develop the data savvy skills that can help transform the services they offer.
The DST4L course is free and open to beginners. Registration opens on August 15th and closes on August 22nd. A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted into the program and it is open to librarians outside of Harvard University. A tentative course outline can be found on the Current Course page (http://altbibl.io/dst4l/current-course/) of the DST4L website. Please review the provisional schedule to see if you can commit to the program first before registering. If you cannot attend the course, material will be made available via the DST4L website as it progresses. The course will not be live streamed or recorded. You must be physically present for the course.
In addition to the course sessions, there will also be monthly Data Savvy Librarians meetups to work on projects together, share discoveries, and hone our skills using real-world problems. Meetups will be announced via the DST4L Google Group (sign up required)
You do not need to be enrolled in DST4L to join the group or attend the meetups, though we recommend that you have some familiarity with data-related tools to participate in the meetups.