RIPL Regional – Maine

August 14th to 15th, 2017 in Newry, Maine


50 participants from Maine and New England public libraries will engage in two days of hands-on, intensive workshops about…

  • Designing outcome-based evaluation of programs and services
  • Assessing the needs of your community
  • Techniques for tracking public library data and using these data for planning, management, and demonstrating the library’s worth
  • Using data and stories to document the impact of your library

Participants will walk away from the RIPL Regional with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success.


RIPL Regional participants work in Maine and New England 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.


Linda Hofschire

Director, Library Research Service

Rochelle Logan

Research Consultant and Trainer

Sharon Morris

Director of Library Development, Colorado State Library


Day 1
14 Aug 2017
Day 2
15 Aug 2017

Welcome and the Evaluation Process

Linda Hofschire
Sharon Morris

What Do You Need to Know? Your Evaluation Plan & The Data Trifecta – A Winning Combination

15 minute break at the halfway point
Linda Hofschire
Sharon Morris

Application Activity: Let’s Make Waves

Linda Hofschire
Rochelle Logan
Sharon Morris


Sharon Morris

Application Activity: The #RIPLeffect

Linda Hofschire
Rochelle Logan
Sharon Morris


Jordan Hotel & Conference Center at Sunday River, Newry, ME.


August 14 and 15, 8:00-5:00 each day


The fee is $500 for the two-day workshop, which includes registration, three nights lodging at the Jordan Hotel (August 13, 14, and 15), and all meals on August 14-15. 

Registration is now open

The Maine State Library will offer scholarships for some participants. Apply for a scholarship online.