Hello, and welcome to Data Scientist Training for Librarians! I’m Jennifer Prentice, one of two teaching assistants for the class and a current Master’s student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston.
As a teaching assistant, I will be researching topics, coordinating speakers, helping to maintain the course websites, and trying to stay far enough ahead of the material to be a resource for other participants during class time. Along the way, I’ll also be blogging about the experience here. I hope this blog will serve not only to publicize the work we’re doing this semester, but also to spark conversation about the skills librarians will need to acquire in order to “better serve the data needs of their communities.” I welcome your comments and questions, either through this blog or our contact form, and I invite others in the class to offer their own perspectives.
Class sessions will be informal and very much hands-on. In a typical session, Chris will briefly introduce our topic, then set us free to experiment and get stuck and ask questions. Because we will cover a lot of material in a short period of time, basic knowledge of HTML and a little experience with coding will be helpful, but not more important than a willingness to jump in with both feet and learn by doing.
To those of you who will be joining the class in January, I look forward to meeting you! And to those connecting with our project solely through this site, I hope you will come again, and often. In addition to sharing what we’re learning throughout the semester, I will be adding a section to this site when the course is over showcasing the final projects of participants.