Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5 Library Carpentry

University of Washington


March 19-21, 2024

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Instructors: Marijane White, Federica Gazzelloni, David Palmquist

Helpers: Daniel Adewole Adediran, Amy Nadell, Beth Tweedy, Eric Newman

General Information

The Carpentries project comprises the Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry communities of Instructors, Trainers, Maintainers, helpers, and supporters who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.

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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.

Where: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: March 19-21, 2024. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer 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 dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. We do not require participants to provide documentation of disabilities or disclose any unnecessary personal information. However, we do want to help create an inclusive, accessible experience for all participants. We encourage you to share any information that would be helpful to make your Carpentries experience accessible. To request an accommodation for this workshop, please fill out the accommodation request form. If you have questions or need assistance with the accommodation form please email us.

Contact: Please email or 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.

Collaborative Notes

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1

Before Starting Pre-workshop survey
12:00 Optional tech support office hours
12:30 Tidy Data (episodes 1-3)
1:35 30 min Break
2:05 Tidy Data (episodes 4-7)
3:15 30 min Break
3:45 OpenRefine (episodes 1-4)
4:50 Wrap-up
5:00 End of Day 1

Day 2

12:00 Optional tech support office hours
12:30 OpenRefine (episodes 5-9)
1:30 30 min Break
2:00 OpenRefine (episodes 10-13)
3:15 30 min Break
3:45 Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
4:50 Wrap-up
5:00 End of Day 2

Day 3

12:00 Optional tech support office hours
12:30 The Unix Shell (episodes 1-2)
1:05 5 min Break
1:10 The Unix Shell (episodes 3-4)
2:10 5 min Break
2:20 The Unix Shell (episode 5)
3:50 10 min Break
4:00 The Unix Shell (episode 6)
5:00 End of Day 3
After Workshop Post-workshop survey


To participate in a Library Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as 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.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.

Tidy Data

Tidy Data is an approach for organizing data in spreadsheets. If you do not already have spreadsheet software installed, please find installation instructions and the data used in the lesson 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.

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.