Library Carpentries: Building Skills in Data, SQL, and Git for All Librarians

Kilton Public Library

Feb 3-4, 2020

8:30 am - 4:30pm

Instructors: Jacqueline Frisina, Chuck McAndrew

Helpers: Adam Shlager, Kevin French, Mark Glisson, Lisa Breton

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: 80 Main Street West Lebanon, NH 03784. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Feb 3-4, 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).

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.

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 for more information.

EtherPad: 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
08:30 Workshop Overview
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 OpenRefine
14:30 Afternoon break
14:45 OpenRefine (Continued)
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 END

Day 2

08:30 Managing Data with SQL
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Managing Data with SQL (Continued)
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Managing Data with SQL (Continued)
13:30 Afternoon break
14:00 Introduction to Git
16:00 Wrap-up
16:20 Post-workshop survey
16:30 END


Workshop Overview, Jargon Busting, Computational Thinking

Introduction to Working with Data(Regular Expressions)


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

Introduction to Git

  • Creating a repository</a>
  • 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...


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 follow instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the lesson.


SQL is a computer language used to manage and modify data in relational databases. Please follow instructions to install the DB browser 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. 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.