A new analysis released November 18 reveals that more than $1 billion in federal funding for libraries will be allocated to states over the next decade based on the 2020 Census. ALA President Wanda Brown said, “This study demonstrates why a complete count in the 2020 Census is so important to libraries. A fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census means that libraries in each state will receive their fair share of federal funding.”
Ten Reasons for the Census
by Linda Zellmer
Government Information & Data Services Librarian
Western Illinois University
Number 1. Why do it? It’s the Law.
It’s how legislative districts are drawn.
Check the Constitution!
Number 2. Who Counts? Every living denizen,
Even if you’re not a citizen.
The Supreme Court says so! (Also see the Analysis on the Supreme Court's ruling from the Brennan Center for Justice)
Number 3. It means government funds,
Data helps get grant funding done.
It means money!
Number 4. It’s often used in planning,
Schools, healthcare, housing, just explaining.
New Schools! More Doctors!
Number 5. It’s used for transportation,
It brings roads & mass transit to the general population.
Better roads! More buses!
Number 6. It’s used in business planning,
Siting factories, delivering goods; numbers help when they’re expanding.
It means jobs!
Number 7. It’s used in online mapping,
Of services, routes, and even some in taxing.
Think GPS navigation systems!
Number 8. It’s used in an emergency,
After hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, when help is needed urgently.
Who needs help?
Number 9. It’s often used by government,
Schools & services bring advancement.
Number 10. It’s used to study history,
Of people and places. Even genealogy.
But you have to wait 72 years!
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