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Research Institute for Public Libraries

Workshop Information:

RIPL is a hands-on workshop 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.

For more information, presenter bios, and agenda, please refer to the RIPL website


The RIPL conference is intended for public library staff who want to:

  • learn about outcomes and how to measure library impact
  • use data for strategic planning
  • help their organizations make data-based decisions
  • develop a peer network to support research and evaluation


Hilton Columbia Center, 924 Senate Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Parking is available on-site.
Reserve hotel rooms online at the conference rate of $169/night, or call the hotel at (803) 744-7800 and request the rate for "Research Institute for Public Libraries" or group code RIPL. Cutoff date for room reservations is February 28, 2020.  


FM Auditory Assistance, large print materials, and other accessibility accommodations are available by request. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the program organizer at least two weeks in advance.


Registration is $25 for South Carolina participants and $75 for out-of-state participants. Registration fee includes all workshop materials; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday, March 31; and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, April 1. 

Terms and Conditions:

Registration closes Tuesday, March 10. Registration for South Carolina attendees is limited to two registrants and one CE grant application per public library system at this time, with the possibility of additional attendees and a second travel grant per system closer to the event. 

Registrants may pay in advance by check. Make checks to South Carolina State Library, at the following address:
Attn: Finance Department
SC State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Please include the participant's name and the event title with your payment.

In the event of a cancellation, please contact the organizer.

Travel Grants:

South Carolina library staff are eligible for a special Continuing Education Travel Grant of up to $400 for hotel and travel costs. Please contact Wendy Coplen, Grants Coordinator for application materials.

Out-of-state participants from rural and small libraries are eligible to apply for a travel stipend of $750. Please see the online registration page for application information. 

Contact Information:

Tiffany Hayes, Continuing Education Consultant

Dates & Times:
All Day, Tuesday, March 31, 2020
All Day, Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Columbia, SC
Continuing Education