Bank of Canada


Sep 18-21, 2023

9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC)

Instructors: Jordan Pedersen, Kathy Chung, Simeon Wong

Helpers: Sarah Harvey, Dylan Spevack-Willcock, Elizabeth Smith

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: Sep 18-21, 2023. 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 , or 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

Tidy Data, Introduction to UNIX Shell

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Tidy Data
10:30 Break
10:40 Introduction to the UNIX shell
13:00 END

Day 2

Introduction to Git

09:00 Introduction to Git
10:30 Break
10:40 Collaborating with GitHub
13:00 END

Day 3


09:00 OpenRefine, Pt 1
10:30 Break
10:40 OpenRefine Pt 2
13:00 END

Day 4

Intro to Python

09:00 Introduction to Python, Part 1
10:30 Break
10:40 Introduction to Python, Part 2
Wrap Up
Post-workshop survey
13:00 END


To participate in the Bank of Canada Library Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

If you run into any issues during installation, please contact any of the individuals listed in the Contact section above for help.

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 Microsoft Teams 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.

To participate in a Library Carpentry workshop, you will be using the software described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

Note: All software has been installed in the Bank of Canada DAZ environment for the purposes of the workshop. However, we encourage all participants to install OpenRefine on their day-to-day environments. Please refer to your email workshop invitations to find the setup instructions for each lesson's required software. For assistance, please contact one of the individuals listed under Contacts above.