UNT Library Carpentry, August 6-20, 2021

University of North Texas


Aug 6-20, 2021

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Instructors: Lauren Ko, Whitney Johnson-Freeman, Sarah Lynn Fisher

Helpers: Manuel G Gottardi

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: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: Aug 6-20, 2021. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer 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 lauren.ko@unt.edu or manuel.gottardi@unt.edu for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.


Regular Expressions Registration - August 6 OpenRefine Registration - August 13 SQL Registration - August 20

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


Regular Expressions Cheatsheet

Regular Expressions Presentation (pdf)

OpenRefine Presentation (pdf)

SQL Presentation (pdf)


August 6

Before Starting Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
10:30 Break
12:30 END

August 13

09:00 OpenRefine
10:30 Break
12:30 END

August 20

09:00 SQL
10:30 Break
12:20 Post-workshop survey
12:30 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.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.


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.

DB Browser for SQLite

DB Browser for SQLite provides a graphical user interface for connecting to and interacting with a SQLite database. This application bundles SQLite, so you won't need to install SQLite separately. Please find instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the lesson.