Library Carpentry: Data and Software Workshop for Public Librarians

NH Library Carpentries Group

February 1-4, 2022

9:00 AM-1:00 PM EST

Instructors: Jaki Frisina, Kevin French, Molly Driscoll, Chelsea Paige, Sarah St. Martin

Helpers: Ron Houk, Mark Glisson

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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: Online. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: February 1-4, 2022. 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 jaki.frisina@leblibrary.com 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 public librarians based in New England.


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.


Surveys

Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Schedule

Day 1

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
9:00 Introduction to Working With Data
9:45 Jargon Busting
10:05 Break
10:15 Tidy Data
12:30 Finish lesson, discuss any questions and prep for tomorrow
1:00 Finish for the day

Day 2

9:00 Regular Expressions
10:05 Break
10:15 Regular Expressions (continued)
12:30 Finish lesson, discuss any questions and prep for tomorrow
1:00 Finish for the day

Day 3

9:00 Structured Query Language (SQL)
10:05 Break
10:15 Structured Query Language (SQL)
12:30 Finish lesson, discuss any questions and prep for tomorrow
1:00 Finish for the day

Day 4

9:00 OpenRefine
10:05 Break
10:15 OpenRefine (continued)
12:30 Finish lesson, discuss any questions and prep for tomorrow
1:00 Finish for the day
End Post-workshop survey

Setup

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.

Tidy Data

For the Tidy Data lesson, you will need a spreadsheet program and to download the exercise data. Please find setup instructions in the lesson.

SQL

For the SQL lesson, you will need to install DB Browser for SQLite and download the exercise data. Please find setup instructions in the lesson.

OpenRefine

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.