May 23, 2022

ALA Releases Updated Version of the “Libraries’ Guide To The 2020 Census”

From ALA:

Today the American Library Association issued an updated Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census.

Libraries are uniquely positioned to reach groups designated by the Census Bureau as “hard-to-count,” including young children, people of color, linguistic minorities and people experiencing homelessness. The undercounting of these groups can undermine their political power and reduce access to crucial public and private resources in the communities where they live. According to a City University of New York Graduate Center analysis, 99 percent of hard-to-count areas are located within five miles of a public library.

With support from ALA’s 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force, ALA teamed with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality  to develop the Guide, which includes:

  • basic information about the census process;
  • highlights of new components in the 2020 Census, such as the online response option;
  • expanded list of frequently asked questions;
  • a timeline of key Census dates; and
  • contact information and links to the latest resources from ALA, the Census Bureau and other organizations.

Direct to Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census (Updated January 2020)
22 pages; PDF.

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Direct to Additional ALA 2020 Census Resources

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