Research Institute for Public Libraries

What's New?

Are you ready for a data adventure? We’re excited to announce that the next Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) national event will occur July 23-26, 2023, at the Pyle Center in Madison, Wisconsin. 

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 4 national events and more than 25 regional events, it’s time for the next wave.

At the 2023 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 (up to 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; and the opportunity to connect with instructors and library staff from around the US and beyond who are passionate about creating data-powered libraries. To learn more about the event, please see the RIPL 2023 webpage.

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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 July 2022, RIPL events have been held in 17 states.

Hosting An Event

Are you interested in hosting a 1- or 2-day workshop for a local or regional audience? Please contact

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

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