Research Institute for Public Libraries

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Mark your calendar! The next national RIPL event will take place July 29-August 1, 2018, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

The institute fee is $1,200, which includes registration, three nights lodging, and most meals.

 Registration will open Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific.

Up to 20 scholarships to RIPL 2018 are available to staff working in rural and small public libraries. To learn more about this opportunity, please click here.

Later this fall, we will announce an opportunity to apply to attend RIPL 2018 as a facilitator. If accepted, facilitators will receive a $200 discount on the institute fee.

Want to connect with others interested in public library data and evaluation? Join the new RIPL Online Community of Practice, available to anyone interested in these topics (not just RIPL alumni). It includes discussion forums, opportunities for file-sharing (such as infographics, surveys, etc.), and a quarterly webinar series. Check it out here and sign up for an account here


Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is a singular event for public library leaders and others interested in public library data and evaluation. In this immersive, bootcamp-style event, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact.

RIPL 2015 and 2016 drew participants from around North America who convened in Colorado for three days of experiential learning.

What’s next? Thanks to the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we will be taking RIPL on the road in 2017 and 2018! Our IMLS grant is funding a series of two-day, state/regional events around the United States in 2017 and 2018 – the RIPL Regionals. These are scaled-down versions of the national data boot camp, but provide the data and evaluation training necessary to begin using data to plan for your library’s future. It will also support our next national event at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, July 29-August 1, 2018.



Date Event Type* Location Host (in parternship with CSL and CLiC) Website
March 20-21, 2017 RIPL Regional Northeast Dade-Aventura Branch Library, Aventura, Florida SEFLIN
April 10-11, 2017 RIPL Regional California State Library, Sacramento Califa
July 31-August 1, 2017 RIPL Regional Colorado Springs, CO Colorado State Library
August 14-15, 2017 RIPL Regional Newry, Maine Maine State Library
October 30-31, 2017 RIPL Regional Arlington, Texas Texas State Library and Archives Commission
April 18-19, 2018 RIPL Regional Utica, New York New York State Library
July 29-August 1, 2018 RIPL Emory Conference Center Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Public Library Service

* RIPL Regional: 2 days, 3 instructors, 50 participants from state/surrounding region

* RIPL: 3 days, 15+ instructors, 110 participants from around the United States and beyond


RIPL participants work in public libraries and are …

interested in getting started using data for savvy and strategic planning.
looking for both inspiration and instruction in a hands-on, participatory environment.
seeking to learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact.
committed to leading their organizations in making data-based decisions.
eager to develop a peer network to support research and evaluation efforts.

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