Research Institute for Public Libraries
July 23-26, 2023


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.

Session topics will include:*

  • Asset Mapping
  • Automating and Streamlining Data Collection and Management Processes
  • Benchmarking/Peer Comparison
  • Community Assessment
  • Culturally Responsive Evaluation
  • Operational Data Analysis
  • Data Collection Methods Including Surveys, Interviews, Focus Groups, and Observation
  • Data Storytelling
  • Data Visualization
  • Demonstrating the Library’s Contributions to the Community
  • Developing a Culture of Evaluation
  • Equitable Data Practices
  • From Strategy to Action: Moving the Needle on Metrics
  • Logic Models
  • Outcome-Based Evaluation
  • Patron Privacy

And more! A complete schedule, session descriptions, and instructor information will be available in January 2023.

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*Topics are tentative and subject to change.


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.

115 spots are available in this immersive learning event.


The Pyle Center

702 Langdon Street

Madison, WI 53706

Dane County Airport is 5 miles from the event center; Milwaukee Mitchell Airport is 85 miles from the event center and there is bus service multiple times daily between Milwaukee Mitchell Airport and a location that is 0.3 miles from the event center (UW Madison Campus stop on N. Lake St.).


July 23-26, 2023

The event will begin with a dinner and keynote on the evening of July 23 and conclude mid-afternoon on July 26.


Registration will open on Monday, February 13, 2023. The registration fee is $550, payable by credit card, and includes some meals (dinner 7/23, breakfast and lunch 7/24, 7/25, and 7/26). Lodging is not included and registrants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Hotels close to the Pyle Center include:

The Graduate Madison (0.2 miles from venue)

DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown (0.4 miles from venue)

The Edgewater Hotel (0.5 miles from venue)

Hampton Inn & Suites Madison/Downtown (0.5 miles from venue)

Hilton Garden Inn Madison Downtown (0.6 miles from venue)

Hyatt Place Madison Downtown (0.7 miles from venue)

Best Western Premier Park Hotel (0.8 miles from venue)

A limited number of hotel rooms will be available at discounted group rates to event registrants. More information about these rates will be shared in January 2023.