In 2020, the Census will be conducted primarily online for the first time. Like past e-government efforts, this will likely impact libraries and libraries' technology resources as staff work to assist people in participating in the Census. The 2020 Census also presents an opportunity to increase public awareness and use of Census data.
The decennial census determines federal representation, billions of dollars of federal funding to states and localities (including grants to state libraries), and essential demographic data that can be used to target services. A panel of national experts will discuss the implications of the 2020 Census and how libraries can help ensure a complete and inclusive count. Attendees will gain practical strategies for engaging diverse residents and community partners in the 2020 Census, as well as resources for advocating with government decisionmakers about the vital roles of libraries in this essential civic effort.
ALA Unit/Subunit: PLA,WO
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.