Library Carpentry @ UArizona

University of Arizona

May 25, June 1, 8, & 15, 2023

9:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

Instructors: Heather Froehlich, Cas Laskowski, Jeff Oliver


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: 1510 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: May 25, June 1, 8, & 15, 2023. 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. For workshops at a physical location, 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 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


May 25, 2023

Before Starting Pre-workshop survey
09:00 OpenRefine for easier data wrangling
10:30 Morning break
10:45 OpenRefine continued
12:00 END

June 1, 2023

09:00 Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Regular expressions continued
12:00 END

June 8, 2023

09:00 Tidy Data
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Tidy Data continued
12:00 END

June 15, 2023

09:00 Relational databases with SQL
10:30 Morning break
10:45 SQL continued
12:00 END


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.

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

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.