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Census 2020 for New York Libraries: Training Sessions

Digital Census Preparation Training

Training Sessions

The LCCC has received a grant from the Revson Foundation for training sessions based on the Digital Equity Lab's Curriculum.

Registration is free, and made possible by funds granted from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The statements made and views expressed, however, are solely the responsibility of Empire State Library Network.

Scheduled events:

  • December 17, Farmingdale, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • December 18, Elmsford, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • January 7: Rochester, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • January 8: Syracuse, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • January 10, Buffalo, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • January 15: Plattsburgh, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • January 16: Albany, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • January 17: Hudson Valley, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • January 24: Ithaca, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • February 3: Binghamton, NY (Registration is now closed)
  • February 12: New York City (Registration is now closed)
  • February 24: Albany, NY NYLA Pre-advocacy day (shortened version)
  • March 4: Watertown, NY (Rescheduled from 2/18/20)

Any questions - please contact Carolyn Bennett Glauda at Southeastern NY Library Resources Council or Caitlin Kenney at Western New York Library Resources Council.

Easy Census Help

Designed for new computer users, is an interactive tutorial from the nonprofit Generations on Line will guide users through basics such as the difference between a checkbox and a dropdown and the back button on their browser and the delete button on their keyboard.

It is a safe place for people to practice before gong to the live census site. NO DATA IS COLLECTED!

The Digital Census Preparation Manual

The Digital Equity Laboratory is thrilled to announce the release of their manual: Preparing for the First Digital Census. This manual is for anyone who intends to work with communities towards a complete count during Census 2020. If you or your organization is considering providing internet access or digital tools and services, the curricula and tools in this manual will help you create safe digital and non-digital pathways to participation for your patrons or community. We also hope it can help you and your organization decide which role to play.

Thank you for being a part of our pilot workshops and for your invaluable feedback. We'd like to extend our sincere appreciation to our hosts across the state: Metropolitan New York Library Council, Ramapo Catskills Library System, Queens Public Library), Pioneer Library System, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Brooklyn Public Library, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

The Library Complete Count Committee (LCCC) will be taking forward this curriculum as we collectively prepare for the 2020 Census.

Recommended readings:


Event Information: AL Live: Libraries and the Census

Date and time:
  Wednesday, March 4, 2020 11:00 am

Most of our patrons will begin receiving their invitations to complete the 2020 Census in the mail starting March 12. For the first time, they may respond online or by phone, as well as by mail. And they will almost certainly have questions and look to their libraries for accurate information, as well as help getting online.

This decennial count of all U.S. residents determines political representation and annual allocation of $1.5 trillion in federal funding. The form only takes 10 minutes to complete, but the impact of who is counted (or not) lasts for 10 years.

Please join us on March 4th for a special episode of American Libraries Live where we’ll equip you with the resources and effective library practices you need to support a complete count. ALA’s Public Policy & Advocacy Office, along with our expert panel, will lead a 60-minute discussion followed by a 30-minute Q and A.

Jeff Lambert, Assistant Director of Digital Inclusion and Workforce Readiness, Queens Public Library
Jennie Stapp, State Librarian, Montana State Library
Karen Mellor, Chief of Library Services, Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
21 South Elting Corners Road | Highland, NY 12528
Phone: (845) 883-9065