ALA has released an updated version of the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States. Originally released in 2019, the updated Guide reflects the latest information and resources on the upcoming Census.
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.
To download the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census and subscribe to ALA’s 2020 Census newsletter, visit ALA’s 2020 Census web page, which also contains links to ALA policy statements about the census and primary data sources. In addition to the guide, ALA will continue to add resources to ala.org/census leading up to Census Day on April 1, 2020.