Research Institute for Public Libraries

What's New?

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. An event webpage will be available soon. In the meantime, you can view the 2015 and 2016 events.

The early bird institute fee is $1,200, which includes registration, three nights lodging, and most meals. After March 1, the fee will increase to $1,350. Payment must be made by credit card.

 Registration will open Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific.This event is limited to 110 participants.

If you need to cancel your registration, your payment will be refunded (minus a $35 processing fee) if a replacement is found to take your spot. We will maintain a waiting list if the event fills.

Want to connect with others interested in public library data and evaluation? Join the 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

Overview

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.

 

Participants

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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