Our lessons

This is our full list of current lessons, along with their status.


Introduction to data An introduction to the terminology of data and computing, and the use of regular expressions to search and update text.
Unix Shell Introduces the Unix-style command line interface, allowing you to efficiently work with directories and files, and find and manipulate data.
OpenRefine An introduction to cleaning and enhancing data in OpenRefine.
Git Introduces the Git version control system and the GitHub collaboration tool.
Structured Query Language (SQL) Introduces relational database management system using SQLite.
Webscraping Web scraping is the process of extracting data from websites.
Tidy data & spreadsheets Good data organization is the foundation of much of our day-to-day work in libraries.
Introduction to programming with Python Python is a general purpose programming language that supports rapid development of scripts and applications.
Data Intro for Archivists This Library Carpentry lesson introduces archivists to working with data.


These lessons are mature and ready to be taught. The content is well-established, but minor changes and improvements (e.g. better explanations, spelling/grammar corrections, improved exercises) are always welcome.
These lessons are largely complete and should be ready to teach, but would benefit from improvements based on the experience of instructors. New sections and rewrites/reorganisations of existing sections will be considered.
These lessons are under active development and may not be ready to teach without additional preparation and background knowledge. Further development work is strongly encouraged - get in touch or check out outstanding issues on GitHub to find out what’s needed.

All contributions are welcome, but if you would like to focus your efforts where they are most needed, take a look at the alpha and beta lessons.

Lesson development process

Our recommended process for developing a new lesson is as follows:

  1. Develop the initial content on github using the lesson template
  2. Introduce yourself and the lesson on our gitter channel — there may well be willing volunteers to help with the content
  3. Teach the lesson, collect feedback & improve the content
  4. Propose your lesson for the incubator by making a pull request (PR) against the Library Carpentry website, adding a link to your lesson repository as an alpha lesson
  5. Discuss the lesson with the community and if necessary offer suggestions on how to improve the lesson; if the lesson is considered suitable material for the Library Carpentry curriculum a website maintainer will merge your PR into the main site
  6. You and others will teach the lesson, collect feedback & improve the content
  7. Propose your lesson for beta/stable by making a pull request against the Library Carpentry website, updating the status of your lesson
  8. Discuss the lesson further with the community; when the lesson is ready, a website maintainer will merge your PR
  9. Congratulations! Your lesson is now part of stable LC

New lesson expectations

In order to maintain consistent quality and style in the Library Carpentry lessons, we have a community-driven set of expectations for what a good lesson should look like. These should guide the review process at steps 5 and 8 above. Lesson developers and reviewers should also read and follow the guidelines in the Software Development instructor training manual.

All stable lessons should:

  1. have at least two active maintainers
  2. include a short learner profile
  3. include good quality learning objectives
  4. be teachable in 3 hours under normal circumstances