I Didn’t Know the Census Bureau Did That! Finding and Using Data from Lesser Known Censuses and Surveys (Online)

Registration is not required. More information and access information is available online.

Did you know you can find . . .

  • Where the best county is to look for a job in your field – – complete with the recent number of new hires and starting salaries?
  • How many businesses are owned by women in your area?
  • A thorough explanation of poverty (including poverty thresholds, the surveys that collect poverty data, and the best survey to use for each purpose)?
  • How to determine the best site location for a business, blending demographic data for a community with economic data?

These and other scenarios will be explored in the step-by-step online exercises provided to participants. We will review the three main demographic programs – the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Population Estimates Programs – and then explore other Census programs like Local Employment Dynamics (LED), Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE), County Business Patterns (CBP), Survey of Business Owners (SBO), Economic Census, and the Census of Governments.

At the end of this one-hour, hands-on webinar, attendees will:

  • Know how to start your search for the statistics you need and the questions you need to answer before beginning any search.
  • Learn how to find data – through “hands-on” exercises – from the many sources linked to www.census.gov (the Census Bureau’s home page).
  • Discover how the Census Bureau acts as the data collection agent for the three main sources of library statistics – the Public Libraries Survey, the State Library Agencies Survey, and the Academic Libraries Survey – and how that arrangement typifies many of the sponsored surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.
  • Understand the benefits, challenges, and limitations of the various data sources and how to evaluate each source to meet your needs.

This webinar will be of interest to all types of libraries, reference desk staff, and others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data, as well as individuals preparing and writing grants.

NOTE: This entire presentation will consist of “hands-on” exercises with Census Bureau datasets. It will make use of data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey as well as other Census Bureau programs to solve real-life problems. A PowerPoint handout will be provided for reference purposes only. We strongly recommend that you print the handouts in advance.

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