African Library and Information Associations and Institutions supported by UWC LIS Department

December 08-09, 2022

08:00am - 14:00 pm GMT

Instructors: Oghenerhe Salubi, TBC

Helpers: TBC


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 Via Zoom. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to the Workshop after registration. Register for the Workshop Here

When: December 08-09, 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 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.

  <li> Make use of this link to <a href="">register for the Workshop</a>
  <li>Conncection details will be shared with you after registration</li>

Sponsors and Organisers: The workshop is organised collaboratively by the Library Education & Training Section (LETIS) of the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) supported by the Department of Library 7 Information Science, Unniversity of the Western Capes.

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
10:00 Jargon Busting, A Computational Approach
11:20 Morning break
11:30 Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Data Organization in Spreadsheets
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 END

Day 2

10:00 Introduction to Git
11:30 Morning break
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 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. 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.


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

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

You will need an account at 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.