Library Carpentry Workshop - Clemson University

Clemson University

March 16-17, 2020

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Sherry Lake, Patricia Carbajales

Helpers: TBD


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.

Where: Seminar Room at the Madren Conference Center, 230 Madren Center Drive, Clemson, SC 29634, 864-656-7155.

When: March 16-17, 2020. 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:

Other information:

Contact: Please email Megan Sheffield for more information.

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
09:00 Jargon Busting, A Computational Approach, Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Continuation of Jargon Busting, etc.
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Tidy Data
14:30 Afternoon break
14:45 Continuation of Tidy Data
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 END

Day 2

09:00 Introduction to Git
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Continuation of Introduction to Git
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 OpenRefine
14:30 Afternoon break
14:45 Continuation of OpenRefine
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 Post-workshop survey


Jargon Busting, A Computational Approach, Introduction to Working with Data

Tidy Data for Librarians

  • Using spreadsheet programs
  • Formatting Data
  • Common Formatting Problems
  • Dates as Data
  • Quality Control
  • Exporting Data
  • Reference...

Introduction to Git/Github

  • Creating a repository
  • Configuring Git
  • Recording Changes to Files: add, commit, ...
  • Viewing State Changes with status
  • Working on the Web: clone, pull, push, ...
  • Where to Host Work, and Why
  • Reference...


  • Introduction to OpenRefine
  • Importing Data
  • Basic Functions
  • Advanced Functions
  • Reference...


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.


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

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

You will need an account at 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.