University of Edinburgh

4 Mar 2021 (09:30-12:00), 11 Mar (09:30-12:30), 8 Apr (09:30-13:00), 15 Apr (09:30-13:00), 6 May (09:30-13:00), 13 May (09:30-13:00)

Instructors: Fran Baseby, Chris Wood, Charlotte Desvages, Alex Casper, Robert Nagy, Phil Reed

Helpers: Jen Harris, Marco Crotti, Lucia Michielin, Robert Smith, Graham Blyth, Matthew Fellion, Francine Millard, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Robert Nagy, Anastasis Georgoulas

General Information

Library Carpentry is made by librarians, for librarians to help you: 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: Online. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: 4 Mar 2021 (09:30-12:00), 11 Mar (09:30-12:30), 8 Apr (09:30-13:00), 15 Apr (09:30-13:00), 6 May (09:30-13:00), 13 May (09:30-13:00). 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:

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.

Who can attend?: This workshop is open to staff and students at the University of Edinburgh, and staff at the National Library of Scotland.

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


4 March 2021

Online, 09:30-12.00

Intro to data

11 March 2021

Online, 09:30-12:00

Tidy data

8 April 2021

Online, 09:30-13:00


15 April 2021

Online, 09:30-13:00

Shell intro

6 May 2021

Online, 09:30-13:00

Intro to Python

13 May 2021

Online, 09:30-13:00

Intro to R


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.

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 workshop in the lesson.


R is a programming language and a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. RStudio is a set of intergrated tools to help you be more productive with R. Please find setup instructions for both R and RStudio in the lesson.