Data Storytelling: Structures and Strategies

Despite collecting a tremendous amount of data on activities related to their collections, services, and spaces, libraries often struggle to use the right data to tell the right stories to the right stakeholders. This can be particularly challenging when there is a mismatch between what external stakeholders value (for example, the number of volumes held) doesn't align with what the library understands to be meaningful (for example, the number of titles held).
Library UX Chicago is delighted to offer a workshop exploring effective storytelling with data. Dr. Kate McDowell will be our speaker; her talk will be paired with discussion and activities designed to introduce the fundamentals of storytelling thinking in the context of library data.

Attendees will learn strategies for applying principles of storytelling to the workplace, and will explore ways that these principles can be used to expressed the value of libraries to internal and external stakeholders. They will explore successful story structures for data stories, and will work with sample or real library data to find stories that they could develop at their institutions. Finally, attendees will learn how to effectively learn and remember their stories.

We hope you will join us for this exciting event on Friday, May 4 from 9am-noon at the University of Chicago Library. Light refreshments will be provided. REGISTER HERE

Library UX Chicago acknowledges the generous support of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) continuing education program in making this event possible.

Dr. Kate McDowell is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, where her courses include youth services librarianship, history of readers, and storytelling. Her areas of research focus include storytelling practices and applications in higher education, non-profits, business, and public service, and she has taught storytelling in a number of contexts for a decade.

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