NYU Fall 2023 Carpentries Workshop

New York University

November 8-9, 2023

10:00 am - 5:00 PM ET

Instructors: Andrew Greene, Alexandra Provo, Nicholas Wolf

Helpers: Talya Cooper, Tim Schaffer, Jojo Karlin, Carol Choi

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 who want to improve their day-to-day skills working with messy data and automating boring tasks. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Room 743, Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: November 8-9, 2023. 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 alexandra.provo@nyu.edu 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 members of the NYU community who have access to Bobst Library.

Registration: You must register your attendance to this workshop on LibCal.

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. The NYU Libraries Code of Conduct also applies.

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
10:00 The Unix Shell
11:15 Morning break
11:30 The Unix Shell, continued
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 OpenRefine
15:00 Afternoon break
15:15 OpenRefine, continued
16:45 Wrap up

Day 2

10:00 Plotting and Programming with Python
11:15 Morning break
11:30 Plotting and Programming with Python, continued
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Plotting and Programming with Python, continued
15:00 Afternoon break
15:15 Plotting and Programming with Python, continued
16:45 Wrap up
End 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.

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.


OpenRefine is a tool to transform and assess data. Please find instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the lesson.


Python is a powerful programming language that can be used for a variety of tasks, including analyzing and visualizing data. Please find instructions to install it on the Python setup instructions page and find the data for the lesson on the lesson page.