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Scholarships Awarded for Public Library Staff to Attend RIPL

[July 19, 2017] The Office of Library & Information Services is pleased to announce that it has awarded four scholarships to public library staff to attend the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) August 14-17, 2017 in Newry, Maine.  RIPL is hosted by the Maine State Library and will include 50 participants from across New England. The $500 OLIS scholarships cover registration, lodging and workshop meals for the participants.

Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), RIPL has grown from a singular event to multiple events across the US. The institutes are incomparable events for public library staff interested in data and evaluation. At these exclusive, immersive, bootcamp-style workshops, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. Participants also have the opportunity to join a national network of peers dedicated to data and evaluation in libraries.

OLIS had a great response to the call for applications making for a difficult decision. The recipients represent libraries serving small to large populations across the state. They also serve a diverse range of rolls within their libraries. The applicants showed clear goals and a desire to expand their existing skills in order to improve and grow the services and programs their libraries provide to the community.

The four recipients are:

  • Ryan Brennan
    Deputy Director of North Kingstown Free Library
  • Ann Grealish-Rust
    Director of Tiverton Public Library
  • Amy E. Neilson
    Director of Exeter Public Library
  • Karisa Tashjian
    Director of Education for Providence Public Library

The recipients will share what they learn at RIPL with the Rhode Island library community through reports which will be posted on the OLIS website and by participating in a panel presentation this fall. Recipients will discuss the skills and methods learned at RIPL and how they plan to apply these skills at the library. Tools, tips and resources they discovered will also be shared.

Interested in attending RIPL? It's not too late! Registration is still open for RIPL Maine and there will be another RIPL this spring in Utica, New York April 18-19, 2018.   


Contact Lauren Plews at lauren.plews@olis.ri.gov or 574-9305 with any questions.