This is the second session of the webinar series, Focus on Impact, organized by the IFLA Statistics & Evaluation Committee (S&E). The Focus on Impact series provides attendees with five sessions, each offering a different perspective on demonstrating library impact. Each session features a different format for participant engagement. Attendance is free, and we hope you will join us as we explore impact case studies, key performance indicators, data storytelling, building a community of practice, how S&E can serve its members, and findings from a global survey on library experience.

In this session, participants will come to the session having read the following article. Bring your questions about the article and hear from the author on how you might use data storytelling to demonstrate the impact of your library services.

Kate McDowell (2024) Library Data Storytelling: Obstacles and Paths Forward, Public Library Quarterly, 43:2, 202-222, DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2023.2241514

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Date & Time: June 12, 3:00pm – 4:00pm (CEST), use World Time Buddy to find out what time this is in your zone


Kate McDowell (Author of Article)

Dr. Kate McDowell focuses on social justice storytelling, data storytelling, and storytelling as information research. Her writing appears in Library Quarterly, College and Research Libraries, and JASIST. She leads the nationally-funded Data Storytelling Toolkit for Librarians project to equip libraries with narrative tools for data-informed advocacy. McDowell is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, where her teaching received the international ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 2022.


  • Christine Brown (Head Faculty Engagement, University of Alberta)