Five travel stipends for the Utah RIPL Regional in March 2019 are available to staff working in rural and small public libraries in the United States. These stipends are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

What is a RIPL Regional? It’s a scaled-down version of the national data boot camp – 2 days, 4 instructors, and up to 70 public library participants from Utah and beyond– that provides the training necessary to begin using data and evaluation for managing, planning, and communicating impact.

To be eligible for a travel stipend, you must be:

  • Employed by a U.S. public library that is located in a rural area AND serves a population of less than 25,000. These criteria are determined based on data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Libraries Survey. To determine whether your library meets these criteria, please click here.
  • A first-time participant of RIPL – if you have already attended a national or regional RIPL event, you are not eligible for a stipend.
  • Based outside of the Salt Lake City metro area (there is no registration fee for the event; the stipend covers travel expenses including lodging, meals, and transportation).

Note: The stipends are contingent upon meeting these employment conditions at the time of the institute. If  – between the time when you submit this application and the institute – you take a position in a public library that doesn’t meet the small and rural criteria OR a job outside of public libraries, you will forfeit the stipend.

The stipends cover up to $750 in travel costs (depending on recipient’s proximity to Salt Lake City), including:

  • Transportation (airfare, ground transportation, mileage, etc.)
  • Lodging
  • Meals other than those provided during the event

These costs will be reimbursed after the event. Receipts are required for all items other than mileage.

Application Process:

To be considered for a travel stipend, you must submit an application via this online form. Please be aware that you cannot save your answers and return to them at a later time to continue working. Therefore, we strongly recommend writing your answers to the essay questions in a separate document and then copying and pasting them into the online form.

The travel stipend application contains the following essay questions:

  1. Why are you interested in learning about the topics covered during the RIPL Regional (see the “Overview” section of the event webpage for the major topic areas covered during the event)?
  2. How do you plan to implement the knowledge and skills gained at the RIPL Regional in your library?

The recommended length of response for the essay questions is 150-250 words each.

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

Travel stipend applications are due by 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on Friday, January 11, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by January 23. Please note that registration opens on January 15. If you plan to attend the event regardless of whether you receive a stipend, we recommend registering at that time (there is no registration fee). If you will only attend the event if you receive a stipend, you don’t need to register on the 15th – we are holding spots for stipend recipients.

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