Library Carpentry, VDB LV Hessen (Workshops are in German)


Sept 13-14, 2021

9:00 - 16:30

Instructors: Agnes Brauer, Eva Bunge, Evamaria Krause, Luis Moßburger, Adrian Pachzelt

Helpers: Michelle Kamolz, Jakob Frohmann, Andre Pietsch

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: Sept 13-14, 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 for more information.

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

Further information: Participation fee: 60 EUR for members of VDB, BIB or similar, 120 EUR for others. Please transfer your participation fee to VDB Landesverband Hessen, Kreissparkasse Tübingen, IBAN: DE75 6415 0020 0002 9739 77, BIC: SOLADES1TUB.

Registration/Contact: Please register via email until 15.08.2021: Maximum number of participants: 25.

Organization: The workshop is jointly organized by VDB-Landesverband Hessen, Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt, and instructors and helpers from Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg, Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg, and Deutsches Museum.

Deutsches Museum    Augsburg University UB Gießen Uni Regensburg UB Frankfurt

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 Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
10:30 Morning break
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 The Unix Shell
14:30 Afternoon break
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 END

Day 2

09:00 Introduction to Python
10:30 Morning break
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 OpenRefine
14:30 Afternoon break
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 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.

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 great for general-purpose programming and is a popular language for scientific computing as well. Installing all of the packages required for this lessons individually can be a bit difficult, however, so we recommend the all-in-one installer Anaconda.

Regardless of how you choose to install it, please make sure you install Python version 3.x (e.g., Python 3.6 version). Also, please set up your Python environment at least a day in advance of the workshop. If you encounter problems with the installation procedure, ask your workshop organizers via e-mail for assistance so you are ready to go as soon as the workshop begins.

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


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.