[ONLINE] - Defining Data Literacy for College Students


Georgia State University Library is excited to be launching the PIDLit initiative with generous support from New America and the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), which will expand programs promoting data literacy and career preparedness with a particular focus on reaching first-year students and underrepresented groups.

In this conversation about the Public Interest Data Literacy (PIDLit) initiative, panelists from Georgia State University and their interuniversity partners will provide an overview of program goals and gather feedback from panelists and attendees as to what constitutes “data literacy for the public good.”

Goals and Objectives:

  • Identify and define the key components of data literacy
  • Encourage interuniversity collaboration on data literacy programs
  • Discuss ways data literacy resources can empower students
  • Identify strategies to recruit first-year students and create student buy-in
  • Differentiate between progress points of a successful data literacy curriculum
  • Identify ways to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and public interest/social justice efforts


Ashley Rockwell,
Public Interest Data Literacy (PIDLit) Fellow, University Library, Georgia State University

Bryan Sinclair, @ATL_librarian
Associate Dean for Public Services and Co-Director, PIDLit Initiative, University Library, Georgia State University

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, @gsu_library
Team Leader for Research Data Services and Co-Director, PIDLit Initiative, University Library, Georgia State University


Aakanksha Angra,
Undergraduate Biology Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator
Head of Quantitative Literacy Faculty Teaching and Learning Community, Georgia State University

Tiffany Grant, @UCLibraries
Assistant Director of Research and Data Services, UC Libraries, University of Cincinnati

Natalia Lopez, @ncsulibraries
Lead Librarian for Data Instruction, North Carolina State University

Chad Marchong, @GeorgiaStateU
Assistant Director, Learning Analytics, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education (CETLOE), Georgia State University