RIPL CO Travel App

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Regional – Colorado travel stipend, sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC). Up to 14 travel stipends are available.

The travel stipends cover:

  • mileage to and from the event
  • two nights lodging (July 30-31)
  • Dinner July 30; breakfast, lunch, and dinner July 31; breakfast and lunch August 1

The ideal candidate for this stipend is:

  • Interested in getting started 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 his/her organization in making data-based decisions.
  • Eager to develop a peer network to support research and evaluation efforts.

To be eligible for a stipend, you must be:

  1. employed by a public library in Colorado, OR a Colorado resident either enrolled in a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) program or a 2017 MLIS graduate at the time of the institute (this opportunity is most appropriate for students intending to work in public libraries),
  2. a first-time RIPL participant, and
  3. based outside of the Colorado Springs metro area (there is no registration fee for the event; the stipend covers travel expenses including lodging, meals, and mileage)

Note: The travel stipends are contingent upon meeting these conditions at the time of the Regional. If you take a job outside of a public library or move out of state in between submitting this application and the Regional, you will forfeit the travel stipend.

If selected, stipend recipients must:

  • attend the RIPL Regional in its entirety (July 31-August 1, 8:00-5:00 both days)
  • complete the Regional evaluation, and
  • share what they have learned with their library and the Colorado library community

Applications will be rated on the following:

  • Overall quality of responses to the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in attending the Colorado RIPL Regional?
    • How do you plan to implement the knowledge and skills gained at the RIPL Regional in your library? (For MLIS students not currently working in a library, please answer this question in terms of how you would implement the knowledge and skills in a future position at a public library).
    • Please explain why you are applying for a travel stipend. Would you be able to participate in the Colorado RIPL Regional without receiving a travel stipend?
  • Written communication skills
  • Commitment to learning about data and incorporating research and evaluation into workflow

Special consideration will be given to applicants working in small or rural libraries and/or those working with underserved populations, as well as those with a demonstrated financial need. However, staff working in any Colorado public library and/or Colorado residents enrolled in an MLIS program are encouraged to apply for stipends.

You can view the rubric that will be used to evaluate stipend applications here.

Application Process:

To be considered for a RIPL stipend, you must submit the following:

  1. Travel stipend application.
  2. Statement of support from supervisor/MLIS faculty member (for current MLIS students not working in a public library). Public library directors applying for RIPL stipends should have their reporting authority (e.g., board president, city manager, etc.) complete this statement.

Both of these components must be submitted via the following online forms:

  1. Travel stipend application.
  2. Statement of support from supervisor/MLIS faculty member. It is the responsibility of travel stipend applicants to provide this link to their supervisor/reporting authority/MLIS faculty member and make them aware of the information contained on this page.

Please be aware that within the online forms linked above you cannot save your answers and return to them at a later time to continue working. Therefore, we strongly recommend writing your answers in a separate document and then copying and pasting them into the stipend appliacation/supervisor statement of support. You may preview the travel stipend application and supervisor/MLIS faculty member statement of support before applying.

 Applications are due by 5 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by Friday, March 3, 2017.

General registration opens at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 6 at

Questions? Please contact:

Amanda Jacobs Foust

RIPL Project Coordinator