Libraries and the 2020 Census

October 29, 2018

It might seem early to start planning for the upcoming census, but ALA is already partnering with the Census Bureau to ensure libraries are prepared. As noted in ALA's brief "Libraries and the 2020 Census," for the first time, the census count will be done largely online, and as trusted community organizations, libraries will likely be hubs for census activity.

Recently, ILA participated in a census planning workshop held by Forefront, an umbrella group representing Illinois nonprofits, along with many other individual Illinois librarians and groups such as Ounce of Prevention, the Office of the Mayor of Chicago, the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, and many other municipal and social service organizations. We learned that there is grant support for community service providers (including libraries!) to plan and conduct Census outreach, particularly to "hard to count" sectors.

Please visit the Secretary of State's web site to learn more about the grant, which totals $1,500,000 (individual grant limits are not stated). The November 7 deadline is tight, but it's a good opportunity to start thinking about this.

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