Carpentry Clippings, 7 November 2018

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

The Carpentries Executive Council Elections
The Executive Council (EC), which provides governance for The Carpentries, is pleased to announce the election process for 2019. These elections are for two community-elected seats, which are selected by all voting members of The Carpentries community. Read this blog post for more information about voting eligibility and the election timeline. Voting will take place 3-7 December.

Mentoring Groups Virtual Showcase
Mentoring groups have been supporting each other since 5 September in several areas, including developing teaching skills for Python; mock teaching sessions to prepare to teach a workshop; starting a study group around Data Carpentry lessons, and more! Our goal is to showcase the meaningful and impactful work being done within the community. We invite you to attend one of our meetup/virtual showcases on 8 November at 14:00 UTC or 23:00 UTC. Planning on attending? Let us know you’re coming by signing up on this Etherpad.

Last Meeting, Social Science Onboarding
Our last live onboarding to prepare Instructors to teach the Social Science lessons will be this coming Friday. Join us to learn about the curriculum, where to find resources, and how to prepare to teach your first Social Sciences workshop. Sign up on this pad. A recorded onboarding will be made available after 9 November for Instructors unable to join a live session.

Community News

Library Carpentry Approved as a Lesson Program
On 1 November 2018, The Carpentries Executive Council voted to officially approve Library Carpentry as a Lesson Program. We are excited to have it join Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry and look forward to expanding our reach, working with librarians around the world! Read more about its history and next steps as we welcome this community into The Carpentries.

Member Organisation Council Meetings
Last week, representatives of The Carpentries Member Organisations met in the inaugural set of Member Organisation Council Meetings to discuss and give feedback about membership across time-zones. Member Organisations shared success, exchanged ideas, and discussed the challenges of building local communities through membership and the ways The Carpentries can increase support for those efforts. A request for comments was also made regarding the outline of Member Organisation Reports, currently in the planning stages and still open for comments.

Committee and Task Force News

Instructor Trainers
The Instructor Trainers are working to restructure the Instructor Training curriculum based on feedback from implementing the lessons. Look for changes to be announced later this month.   

Instructor Discussion Sessions
The Instructor Development Committee and Instructor Training Team will be making adjustments to the goals and requirements for the checkout process for instructor training over the next few months.  Anyone wishing to complete their Carpentries instructor training checkout through December 31, 2018 will complete the current requirements for instructor discussion sessions.  New requirements for those wishing to complete their Carpentries instructor training checkout after this will do so with the revised requirements. Read more.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

  • The Library Carpentry Twitter account recently surpassed two thousand followers. In a recent blog post, Chris Erdmann summarises analytics from the account over the past two years.
  • Check out the conversations on the Discuss mailing list about translating Carpentries materials to Japanese and other languages.
  • We blogged about curriculum development goals through the end of 2018 and early 2019, including developing the Data Carpentry Genomics R lessons, holding more lesson-specific onboardings,  and developing a process for lesson releases.

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