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Data Storytelling for Librarians

Research and Create Effective Data Tools with Professor Kate McDowell

First Demo Online
With our fabulous
DSTL Core Design Team

DSTL Toolkit

New events!


September 2023
Focus Groups

Working in Library

The Data Storytelling Toolkit for Librarians project is in its second year, and, thanks to the participation of the Core Design Team and survey participants, we have developed a partially functional demo!

Now we are refining and improving the toolkit before its completion and release in spring 2023. This fall, we invite participants for 90-minute virtual focus groups, please follow the link below for the focus group topics and sessions.


Join Prof. Kate McDowell for

Data Storytelling for Librarians Research

Professor McDowell has worked with regional, national, and international nonprofits including the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO, part of WHO) and the Public Library Association (PLA). Her nationally-funded project Data Storytelling Toolkit for Librarians is under development (


In this workshop, you will learn


Strategies for communicating in story


How to combine information and emotion


Insights from real libraries and librarians

Upcoming Event



Linda Smith

Professor McDowell's work empowers individuals, organizations, and communities to take control of their own narratives and use the resources and tools at their disposal to connect authentically with their audiences


Anne Craig

It is not just the content of her teaching that is significant, it is the manner in which she delivers this information. She is not only funny and warm, but also inviting of differing perspectives and inclusive of all participants, drawing listeners in and encouraging them to share their own experiences and questions. Her care is genuine; participants have reached out to her—always finding her accessible—repeatedly to find support and guidance


Matt Turk

Students consistently rate the course as extremely impactful in their careers in information science, due largely to the approach Professor McDowell has embedded in it that provides not just concrete, practical applications of the material, but a broader, deeply compassionate and thoughtful mindset that guides student learning and trajectories


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