Story Craft: Developing Interpretive Narratives Using Storying Stories (IRDL Speaker Series)

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 12pm to 1:30pm

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The IRDL Scholars' Speaker Series is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics, including specific research methods and critiques of processes associated with western social science approaches, with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice.

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In Emily Ford’s presentation at the 2021 IRDL Scholars’ Speaker Series, we learned about narrative inquiry, a qualitative research methodology that examines human experiences through stories. Please join us to learn more about crafting stories, in a fun, no pressure, easy to follow workshop on the process. No prior experience with narrative inquiry or transcript analysis is required, only a commitment to fulfilling your own curiosity about the method.

In the workshop Emily Ford will:

  • Give a brief introduction about the storying process
  • Guide us through the steps of the process, with a transcript and audio available for you to work with as she moves through the steps
  • Invite you to take part in some of the steps, to gain hands-on experience with storying.

You will leave this workshop having a basic understanding of the steps of the storying stories transcript analysis process. Each attendee will receive an outline of the process, a copy of the audio file used in the workshop, a sample transcript, and any shared notes from participants.

About the Speaker

Emily Ford is an associate professor and an urban & public affairs librarian at Portland State University Library in Portland, Oregon. She loves stories. She is curious to understand what makes people tick and how we can connect in community via lived experience. Although her research is focused on opening scholarly peer review, she views the peer-review system as one comprised of human experience stories. Her book, Stories of Open: Opening Peer Review through Narrative Inquiry, will be published by ACRL Press this spring. When not immersed in stories, she is most likely found trail running, practicing yoga, or petting her cats and her pet rats.

About IRDL

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians designed to create a growing community of confident librarian-researchers. For more information, go to

About the William H. Hannon Library

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at

For more information, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or

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