Southern California Library Carpentry Workshop

CSU Long Beach


Aug 10-13, 2020

9:00am - 12:00pm

Instructors: Leigh Phan, Reid Otsuji, Elizabeth McAulay, Tim Dennis

Helpers: Stephanie Labou, Ariel Deardorff, Jamie Jamison, David Palmquist, Khue Duong

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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, especially Southern California librarians in the CSU and community colleges system. 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: Aug 10-13, 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 dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

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


Software Download Session

August 4, 2020 1:00pm-2:00pm Zoom TBD

Day 1

09:00 Welcome
09:30 Jargon Busting
10:00 Break
10:10 Tidy Data
11:00 Break
11:10 Tidy Data cont.
12:00 End

Day 2

09:00 OpenRefine
10:00 Break
10:10 Open Refine cont.
11:00 Break
11:10 Open Refine cont.
12:00 End

Day 3

9:00 The Unix Shell
10:00 Break
10:10 Unix Shell cont.
11:00 Break
11:10 Unix Shell cont.
12:00 End

Day 4

09:00 Introduction to Git
10:00 Break
10:10 Git cont.
11:00 Break
11:10 Git cont.
11:30 Workshop Wrap Up
12:00 End


Jargon Busting

Tidy Data

  • Tidy Data
  • Using Spreadsheets
  • Formatting Data in Spreadsheets
  • Formatting Problems
  • Dates as Data
  • Reference...


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

The Unix Shell

  • Files and Directories
  • History and Tab Completion
  • Counting and Sorting Contents in Files
  • Pipes and Redirection
  • Mining or Searching in Files
  • Reference...

Introduction to Git

  • 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...



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.

Tidy Data

Tidy data introduces best practices for working with data in spreadsheets. If you don't have a spreadsheet program installed please follow the download instructions here. Please also download the data here.


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.


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.