Research Institute for Public Libraries
July 29-August 1, 2018


In this hands-on, immersive learning experience, 110 participants will gain tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success. Coursework includes:

  • Developing An Evaluation Plan
  • The Logic Model
  • Outcome-Based Evaluation
  • Community Assessment
  • Demographic Data
  • Survey Design and Administration
  • Interviews and Focus Groups
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Online Survey Tools
  • Benchmarking and Metrics
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Website Analytics
  • Data Use for Strategic Planning, Management, and Communication with Stakeholders
  • Introduction to Data Visualization
  • Data Visualization for Decision-Making
  • Telling the Library Story with Data

And more!


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.


Felton Thomas, Jr.

Executive Director of Cleveland Public Library

George Needham

Director, Delaware County (Ohio) District Library


Peter Bromberg

Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library

Denise Davis

Strategic Initiatives Manager of Allen County Public Library (IN)

Miranda Doran-Myers

Research Assistant for the Library Research Service

Katie Fox

Research Analyst for the Library Research Service

Lindsay Hanson

Data Analysis Librarian at Sno-Isle Libraries

Dave Hodgins

Data Coordinator and Web Developer, Library Research Service

Linda Hofschire

Director, Library Research Service

Rebecca Jones

Director of Services, Brampton Library

Katrina Jones

Statistical Research Analyst at Mid-Continent Public Library

Keith Lance

Consultant, RSL Research Group

Jamie LaRue

Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association

Zeth Lietzau

Director, Collections, Technology, and Strategy, Denver Public Library

Rochelle Logan

Research Consultant and Trainer

Jane Martel

Customer Experience Coordinator, Arapahoe Library District

Sharon Morris

Director of Library Development, Colorado State Library


The Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia:

1615 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Three nights lodging (July 29, 30, and 31) are included in the institute registration fee. Need to extend your stay? The hotel is offering a special rate of $149/night for 3 days before and after the event, subject to availability. To book additional nights, call 800-933-6679 and mention that you are part of the Research Institute for Public Libraries group.


July 29-August 1, 2018.

The event will begin at 5:30 PM on July 29 and end no later than 2:00 PM on August 1.


The early bird institute fee is $1,200, which includes registration, three nights lodging (July 29, 30, and 31), 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.

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