2022 SMU Library Carpentry Workshop

Singapore Management University

Jun 29-30, 2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm SGT

Instructors: Bella Ratmelia, Dong Danping

Helpers: Salihin bin Mohammed Ali, Aaron Tay

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: This workshop is open to staff from SMU Libraries only.

Where: 70 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178901. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Jun 29-30, 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).

Contact: Please email bellar@smu.edu.sg or dpdong@smu.edu.sg 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.


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 Tidy Data
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Tidy Data (cont'd)
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 OpenRefine
15:30 Afternoon break
16:00 Introduction to Web Scraping
17:00 END

Day 2

09:00 Python Intro for Libraries
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Python Intro for Libraries (cont'd)
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Python Intro for Libraries (cont'd)
15:30 Afternoon break
16:00 UNIX Shell
16:30 Wrap-up
17:00 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.

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 clean up and organize messy data. Please find instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the lesson.


To get ready for the Python workshop on Day 2, please make sure that you have a Google account to be able to use Google Colab.