IG WBS - Interessengruppe Wissenschaftliche BibliothekarInnen Schweiz - ONLINE


September 21 - Oktober 09, 2020

15:00 - 19:00

Instructors: Martin Czygan, Thomas Guignard, Konrad Förstner, Till Sauerwein, Rabea Müller

Helpers: Mia Koch, Julia Cobanoglu

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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. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: This is an online Workshop. The Instructors will send you more Information about the online meeting via Mail.

When: September 21 - Oktober 09, 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 muellerr@zbmed.de 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


2020-09-21 - Unix-Shell

15:00 Data Intro for Librarians
16:30 Break
17:00 Shell Lessons for Libraries
18:30 Wrap-up
19:00 END

2020-09-28 - OpenRefine

15:00 OpenRefine Intro for Librarians
16:30 Break
17:00 OpenRefine
18:30 Wrap-up
19:00 END

2020-09-30 - Python

15:00 Python Intro for Librarians
16:30 Break
17:00 Python
18:30 Wrap-up
19:00 END

2020-10-09 - Git/GitHub

15:00 Git Intro for Librarians
16:30 Break
17:00 Git & GitHub
18:30 Wrap-up
19:00 END


Introduction to Data

  • Intro to data
  • Jargon busting
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Plain text formats
  • Naming files
  • Regular expressions
  • 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...

Version Control with 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...

Programming in Python

  • Using libraries
  • Working with arrays
  • Reading and plotting data
  • Creating and using functions
  • Loops and conditionals
  • Defensive programming
  • Using Python from the command line
  • Reference...

Introduction to OpenRefine

  • Importing data into OpenRefine
  • Layout of OpenRefine
  • Facetting and Filtering
  • Clustering
  • Columns and sorting
  • Transformations
  • 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.

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.

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.


Python is a popular language for research computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. Please find 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 https://github.com.

Follow the instructions on the lesson to install Git on your system.

You will need an account at github.com 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.


OpenRefine is a standalone open source desktop application for data cleanup and transformation to other formats. Please find instructions in the lesson.