Research Institute for Public Libraries

What's New?

Thank you for your interest in RIPL, an initiative of the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium. 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.  

During winter 2021, we hosted the Data Boot Camp webinar series, featuring curriculum from the RIPL 2020 national event. View recordings of these webinars here

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Hosting An Event

Are you interested in hosting a RIPL event? We offer 1- and 2-day workshops for local/regional audiences. For more information, please contact

New Evaluation Training Opportunity for Public Libraries in California, Colorado, and North and South Carolina

Do you have a brilliant idea for evaluating a library program or service but don’t know how to get started? Did you participate in RIPL and need some ongoing support to realize your big ideas? Do you supervise a public library evaluation coordinator or data librarian and find it challenging to position them for success? Embedding Evaluation in Libraries: Developing Internal Evaluators is the training program for you!

This new, nine-month team-based training opportunity for public library staff in California (2019-2020), Colorado (2021-2022), and North and South Carolina (2022-2023) will help you build your evaluation knowledge and skills, embed evaluation in your library, and develop a network of like-minded peers throughout your state. Embedding Evaluation in Libraries is brought to you by RIPL instructor Rebecca Teasdale and RIPL director Linda Hofschire, in partnership with Califa Group. For more information, please see the Embedding Evaluation website.


Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), 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.

We offer national (3 days, 20+ instructors, 150 participants) and regional (1-2 days, 1-4 instructors,  25-75 participants) events, drawing participants from around North America who convene for this intensive, experiential learning opportunity. As of June 2019, RIPL events have been held in 15 states.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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