SSI Fellowship funded Library Carpentry workshop for White Rose Libraries

University of Leeds

Tuesday April 25, 2023

9:00 am - 4:30 pm BST

Instructors: Nilani Ganeshwaran, Phil Reed, Carlene Barton

Helpers: Siobhan Dunlop, Alex Coleman, Angus J Taggart

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: EC Stoner Building (room 8.9) - please report to the main university reception desk in the Parkinson Building. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Tuesday April 25, 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



Before Starting Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Arrival and setup
09:30 Tidy data for librarians
11:00 Morning break
11:10 Work with your own data
11:30 OpenRefine
12:30 Lunch break


13:15 OpenRefine
15:15 Afternoon break
15:25 Work with your own data in OpenRefine / Discussion time
16:15 Wrap-up including setting goals for 3 weeks and 3 months
16:25 Post-workshop survey


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.


Please find instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the OpenRefine: Setup.