Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5


Feb 22-24, 2022

9:00 am-2:00 pm PT

Instructors: Abigail Sparling, Margarita Corral, Michael Lenard, Lynda Kellam

Helpers: Nancy Shin, Daina Dickman, Michael Moore

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: Feb 22-24, 2022. 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 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


Day 1

Before Starting Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Intros and Jargon Busting, A Computational Approach
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Introduction to Working with Regular Expressions
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Introduction to OpenRefine: Basics
14:00 Wrap-up

Day 2

09:00 OpenRefine
10:30 Morning break
10:45 OpenRefine
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Intro to R
14:00 Wrap-up

Day 3

09:00 Recap and Intro to R
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Intro to R
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Intro to R
13:45 Wrap up
14:00 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.

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.

R & RStudio

Learners must have R and RStudio installed on their computers. You also need to be able to install a number of R packages, create directories, and download files. Please find instructions to install it and the data in the lesson in the lesson.