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 Working With Data
  • 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)
  • The Logic Model
  • Outcome-Based Evaluation
  • Community Assessment
  • 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! Session descriptions and instructor information will be available in January 2020.


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. The hotel is located 11 miles from O’Hare Airport and 25 miles from Midway Airport.


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.


Registration opens February 3, 2020, at 12:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Central/10:00 AM Mountain/9:00 AM Pacific. The early bird institute fee is $1,300, which includes registration, three nights lodging (July 12, 13, and 14), and all meals. After March 1, the fee will increase to $1,450. Payment must be made by credit card.

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.


Interested in being a sponsor? Please email for more information.

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