The Public Library Association (PLA) is hosting a free webinar focused on introducing public libraries to using Census data. The Data that Counts: An Introduction to Census Data for Public Libraries session will be live on Tuesday, April 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. central. With the decennial Census recently completed and new data releases on the horizon, now is the year to sign up and start building your Census data literacy skills.
From PLA: “Libraries were central to helping people be counted in the 2020 Census. Now, learn how to make the data count for your library and community. This webinar will introduce you to the important role that public libraries can play in assisting individuals, groups, and organizations with finding, accessing, and using census data for planning and decision making. Resources and tools for searching basic census sources will also be covered. You will hear from librarians who have offered data literacy programs at their libraries to reach multiple audiences, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, local historians, students, and nonprofits and government agencies.”
The webinar is the first in a six-part series on Census Data Literacy. The project is designed to build library staff data literacy skills to enhance services, programs, and initiatives aligned to the needs and goals of their communities.
In addition to the webinar series, PLA has also created a Census Data Literacy: Resource Guide to help you navigate why U.S. Census Bureau data and tools matter for your library and community.
"Census Data Literacy", American Library Association, February 23, 2021. http://www.ala.org/pla/data/census