ALA Releases Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census

ALA has released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States. The U.S. census is required by the Constitution and determines congressional representation; district boundaries for federal, state, and local offices; and allocation of more than $800 billion annually in federal funding to states and localities, such as grants under the Library Services and Technology Act. Libraries across the country provide access to a plethora of statistical data published by the U.S. Census Bureau and help businesses, government agencies, community organizations and researchers find and use the information.

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;
  • frequently asked questions;
  • a timeline of key Census dates;
  • contact information and links to additional resources.

In addition to the 18-page guide, ALA will continue to add resources to ala.org/census for library practitioners in the months leading up to Census Day on April 1, 2020. A panel of experts will discuss the Guide and census topics in a session at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits on Sunday, June 23, at 9 a.m. in room 145B of the Washington Convention Center.

To download the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census and subscribe to ALA’s 2020 Census newsletter, visit ALA’s 2020 Census web pageawhich also contains links to ALA policy statements about the census and primary data sources.