Texas Libraries Prepare for the 2020 Census

Today’s post is primarily for Texas’ public librarians. Have you thought about how you, your library, its staff and your community can prepare for the 2020 Census?

The United States Constitution requires that a census of America’s population be taken every 10 years as mandated by Article I, Section 2. The first Census was in 1790. The goal of the 2020 Census is to ensure that every resident in the United States is counted. Census results are used to reapportion the United States House of Representatives, redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries, draw school district boundaries, and determine eligibility for public assistance, including the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to local communities.

Now is the time for libraries to begin preparing to help patrons respond to the Census—not only using the new online response option on your library’s computers, but via phone or email, as well. You may be interested in the American Library Association’s February webinar recording, “Libraries and the 2020 Census.” ALA has also just released a downloadable PDF, Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census. These resources can help you and your library formulate a Census preparation plan.

There will also be a presentation from the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Assembly in Austin. Scheduled for 4-5:00 p.m., it is called “Census 2020: What libraries can do now.”
TSLAC is interested in hearing about the ways your library is preparing for the Census. Feel free to comment below, and/or contact our Library Development and Networking Continuing Education and Consulting staff.

If you, your librarians, or your staff have any questions regarding what the Census is doing locally in your community, please direct them to the U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Macy Hurwitz at macy.d.hurwitz@2020census.gov or 737-247-9119.

We would be interested to hear about the ways your library is preparing for the Census. Please e-mail Naomi DiTullio at ld@tsl.texas.gov to let us know.

Here are other resource materials for your use as you prepare for the 2020 Census:

50 ways Census Data Are Used


Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census


Four Ways to Respond


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