Research Institute for Public Libraries
July 12-15, 2020


RIPL began in 2015 as an immersive, bootcamp-style event for public library staff to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. Now, after 3 national events and more than 25 regional events, it’s time for the next wave.

At the 2020 national event, we will debut a new format, tailored to meeting the needs of those just getting started with data and evaluation as well as data geeks, and for people new to RIPL as well as RIPL alumni. Longer breakout sessions (2.5 hours) will enable participants to explore topics in more depth. What’s not changing? Hands-on, experiential learning; an immersive, camp-like experience (with better accommodations!); and the opportunity to connect with instructors and up to 150 library staff from around the US and beyond who are passionate about creating data-powered libraries.

Coursework includes:

  • Selecting Meaningful Metrics for Your Library
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Considerations When Conducting Evaluation
  • Change Management
  • Developing a Workplace Culture of Evaluation
  • Faster, Better, Cheaper: Applying Lean to Library Processes (Lean is a method for creating more value for users with fewer resources)
  • GIS
  • The Logic Model
  • Outcome-Based Evaluation
  • Community Assessment
  • Using Observation to Measure Outcomes and Assess Use of Space
  • Data-Powered Strategic Planning 
  • Operational Data (ILS, Collection, Facility Use, Service Delivery, etc.)
  • Survey Design and Administration
  • Data Visualization
  • Using Data to Communicate With Stakeholders
  • Peer and Process Benchmarking
  • Developing Public Library Services to Meet Community Data Needs
  • Selecting Software and Vendor Tools for Data Analysis

And more! Check back soon for session descriptions. You can view a draft agenda here.


RIPL participants work in public libraries and are …

interested in 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.


The Eaglewood Resort & Spa:

1401 Nordic Road
Itasca, IL 60143

Three nights lodging (July 12, 13, and 14) are included in the institute registration fee. If you would like to add additional nights to your reservation, the hotel has extended a special rate of $119/night subject to availability.

The hotel is located 11 miles from O’Hare Airport and 25 miles from Midway Airport. For transportation to/from O’Hare, the hotel recommends A-1 Airport Limousine Service ($26 one-way).


July 12-15, 2020

The event will begin at 5:30 PM on July 12 and end no later than 2:00 PM on July 15.


The institute fee is $1,300, which includes registration, three nights lodging (July 12, 13, and 14), and all meals. Payment must be made by credit card. If you need to cancel your registration, your registration fee, minus a $35 processing fee, will be refunded if someone is found to take your spot.

Because the event is structured as an intensive, participatory learning experience that builds from beginning to end and has activities that go into the evening, we only have one registration price that is all-inclusive.

This event is sold out and the waitlist is full. To receive notifications about future events, please subscribe for updates in the section below. 


Melanie Huggins

Executive Director, Richland Library

Jamie LaRue

CEO, LaRue and Associates


Michaela Anang

Research & Evaluation Assistant, Mirror Group

Mindelyn Anderson

Prinicipal, Mirror Group

Jennifer Ashby

Director, Asotin County Library

Alison Clarke

Coordinator, Performance Measures & Data, Brampton Library

Andrea Copeland

Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

Denise Davis

Strategic Initiatives Manager of Allen County Public Library (IN)

Katie Fox

Research Analyst for the Library Research Service

Lisa Fraser

Organizational Performance Project Manager, King County Library System

Lisa M. Frehill

Senior Statistician, IMLS

Don Gregory

Workforce Development Specialist, Providence Public Library

Lindsay Hanson

Library Manager, Sno-Isle Libraries

Dave Hodgins

Data Coordinator and Web Developer, Library Research Service

Lynn Hoffman

Director of Operations, Somerset County Library System

Linda Hofschire

Director, Library Research Service

Rebecca Jones

Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates

Katina Jones

Statistical Research Analyst at Mid-Continent Public Library

Zeth Lietzau

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

Rochelle Logan

Research Consultant and Trainer

Jane Martel

Senior Project Manager, Arapahoe Library District

Sharon Morris

Director of Library Development, Colorado State Library

Mary Neuman

Assistant Director/Youth Services Librarian, Asotin County Library

Marisa Pelczar

Program Analyst, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Joe Ryan

Manager, IT Infrastructure and Architecture, EDUCAUSE

Zach Schleicher

GIS Analyst, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Kimberly Silk

Strategic Planning & Engagement Librarian, Hamilton Public Library

Karisa Tashjian

Director of Education, Providence Public Library

Rebecca Teasdale

Principal, Rebecca Teasdale & Associates

Ayoung Yoon

Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing


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