The Caltech Library offers many types of instruction to meet the needs of the Caltech campus community.

Hosted Classes

The Library offers drop-in classes on a variety of subjects each term and over the summer. Current term classes can be found here, along with a complete list of offerings.

In-Class Instruction

Librarians are available to provide in-class instruction on topics including how to use citation software, literature search strategies, how to avoid plagiarism and conduct ethical research, and more. Contact us to request a session!

Software/Data Carpentry

Five Caltech Librarians are certified Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry Instructors. The Carpentry initiatives organize hands-on workshops to teach researchers essential computing skills. Open-source platforms are taught wherever possible, including OpenRefine, Git/GitHub, Python, and R, among others. Caltech Library instructors are trained to teach several of these lessons, and will periodically offer two-day trainings hosted at the Library - check our schedule to see if one is coming up.

The Caltech Library is happy to partner with campus groups to design and host Carpentry workshops for their target audiences. Contact us if you would like more information on co-sponsoring a workshop for your group!

Author Carpentry

Led by two Caltech Librarians, the Author Carpentry Initiative addresses the “last mile” of the research process. This includes tools and workflows to aid in writing papers, meeting reporting requirements, review, dissemination and licensing, scholarly impact measurement, and establishing author identity and reputation.

The Caltech Library is happy to partner with campus groups to design and host Author Carpentry workshops for their target audiences. Contact us if you would like more information on co-sponsoring a workshop for your group!