Research Institute for Public Libraries

What's New?

We are excited to announce that RIPL received a grant from the Mellon Foundation! One activity the grant is funding is a monthly, yearlong webinar series featuring sessions from RIPL 2023. Learn more about the series and register here.

We typically host national in-person events every 2-3 years and will not offer one in 2024.

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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 2023, RIPL events have been held in 18 states.

Hosting An Event

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

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