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Library Carpentry Professional Development Award

Description of Award

The NNLM Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) and NNLM Training Office (NTO) and are pleased to host the Library Carpentry workshop in Baltimore, Maryland March 19-20, 2020 and Salt Lake City, Utah March 26-27 2020, To broaden access to this exciting training, the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City will be covered for applicants accepted into each workshop. 

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including Introduction to Working with Data, Introduction to GitOpenRefine, the Unix Shell, and a brief introduction to Python. The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. 

All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.


The purpose of this Professional Development Award is to strengthen the professional knowledge and experience of individual network members to improve access to health information for healthcare providers and consumers and to build professional capacity in support of the goals of the NNLM. This award is available to support information professionals in their roles in the organization and management of data, support of reproducible research, and instruction of data and software tools to support this capacity. 


You must be employed by a member organization
You must provide your own laptop 
You must be able to commit to traveling for the workshop dates:

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore - March 19-20, 2020
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City - March 26-27, 2020


Up to $1,500 for Baltimore Maryland or $1,200 for Salt Lake City, Utah
Number of Awards Available: 
40 for Baltimore, Maryland; 35 for Salt Lake City, Utah
Additional Funding Information: 

Funding will reimburse actual travel expenses of the selected individual, up to $1500 for travel to Baltimore and up to $1200 for travel to Salt Lake City. Reimbursement will occur after travel is complete.

Costs incurred beyond the reimbursable amount will be covered by the individual or their institution. 

Travel will be reimbursed according to the guidelines of the travel location. Guidelines will be provided upon acceptance to the workshop. 

If, after being selected, you do not attend the workshop, any incurred expenses will not be reimbursed.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 3:30pm
Please note that the application system will be down Friday December 6, 2019 from 7 p.m. (19.00 PST) until 1 a.m. (1.00 PST) in order to perform an upgrade.
Application Instructions: 

You may choose to apply to attend the workshop in Salt Lake City or Baltimore or either location. 
Applicants from the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region will be given priority for the Baltimore workshop.

In the application, you will supply the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • State
  • Library/Institution
  • Current Title

And answer the following questions: 

  • What, if any, knowledge or experience do you have in data management or data science? (No experience is necessary to be selected).
  • Why would you like to attend the Library Carpentry workshop? What do you hope or intend to do with the learning gained in the workshop?

Evaluation of Proposal

Evaluation criteria for this award:

  • Description of current knowledge or experience in data management or data science (10 points)
  • Value to the individual's job and/or career, including the ability to apply information gained to current institution (20 points)

Application Review Process
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of staff from the NTO and SEA. The applications will be given a score based on the listed evaluation criteria listed above. Applicants will be accepted in score-order until all openings are filled. 

Additional Information

508 Compliance: 

Web-based resources developed for the project should strive to ensure accessibility to the greatest possible number of people by adhering to standards described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act(link is external)

Reporting Requirements: 

Awardees must complete the NNLM Professional Development Award Report by April 15, 2020. 

NIH Public Access Policy: 

Recipients of NNLM funding are required to deposit any resulting peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication in PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy

Data Sharing and Development of Training Materials: 

In order to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information associated with the NNLM Cooperative Agreement Award, all awardees are required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. This information must be submitted to the following collection sites as applicable:

In addition, recipients of funding are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials. Consult with SEA and the NNLM Training Office (NTO) prior to developing materials.

Publication and Copyrighting: 

Per Section 8.2.1. - Right in Data (Publication and Copyrighting) of the NIH Grants Policy Statement(link is external), the NIH must be given a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license for the Federal government to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use any materials developed as a result of funding and to authorize others to do so for Federal purposes, i.e. the ongoing development of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Data developed by subawardees/consortium participants and consultants are also subject to this policy.

NIH Acknowledgement: 

Any resources developed with project funds must include an acknowledgment of NIH grant support and a disclaimer stating the following:

For Baltimore attendees: Developed resources reported in this [publication, press release, internet site] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
For Salt Lake City attendees: 
Developed resources reported in this [publication, press release, internet site] are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Need Assistance: 

For assistance with the application or questions about the award, please contact the NNLM Training Office at

Professional Development