NNLM LC Workshop: Dec 2020


December 1 - 2

9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST

Instructors: Adam Hughes, Doug Joubert, Chissa Rivaldi, Paige N. Scudder, Tracy Teal

General Information

Library Carpentry is made by people working in library- and information-related roles to help you:

Library Carpentry introduces you to the fundamentals of computing and provides you with a platform for further self-directed learning. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Library Carpentry: software skills training for library professionals".

Who: The course is for people working in library- and information-related roles. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

When: December 1 - 2. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email or Doug Joubert ["doujou.dc@gmail.com"] for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


December 1 All times in EST (US)

Time Lesson Instructor
Before Starting Pre-workshop survey  
9:00-9:30 Introduction and Setup  
9:30-10:30 Tidy Data for Librarians Doug Joubert
10:30-10:45 Morning break  
10:45-12:15 Open Refine I Paige N. Scudder
12:15-1:15 Lunch break  
1:15-2:30 Open Refine II Paige N. Scudder
2:30-2:45 Afternoon break  
2:45-4:15 Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions) Chissa Rivaldi
4:15-4:30 Debrief about day 1 and end  

December 2 All times in EST (US)

Time Lesson Instructor
09:00-10:30 The UNIX Shell Adam Hughes
10:30-10:45 Morning break  
10:45-12:15 Before We Start and Introduction to R Doug Joubert
12:15-1:15 Lunch break  
1:15-2:30 R: Starting with Data Tracy Teal
2:30-2:45 Afternoon break  
2:45-4:30 Data cleaning & transformation with dplyr Tracy Teal
4:30-4:45 Debrief about day 2 and end  
4:45 Post-workshop survey  


To participate in a Library Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the software described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.

The Bash Shell

Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly. Please find setup instructions in the lesson.


OpenRefine is a tool to clean up and organize messy data. Please find instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the lesson.


Git is a version control system that lets you track who made changes to what when and has options for easily updating a shared or public version of your code on https://github.com.

Follow the instructions on the lesson to install Git on your system.

You will need an account at github.com for parts of the Git lesson. Basic GitHub accounts are free. We encourage you to create a GitHub account if you don't have one already. Please consider what personal information you'd like to reveal. For example, you may want to review these instructions for keeping your email address private provided at GitHub. You will need a supported web browser.