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Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census
The American Library Association and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality recently released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census.:
“Prepare for increased use of library computers and the internet
Millions of Americans do not have broadband internet service at home. Lacking reliable access to internet can create a barrier to applying online for census jobs, completing online training for these jobs, and completing the online census form. Because libraries provide reliable internet access, they will play an important role in supporting a complete count in the 2020 Census. Library workers can prepare for an uptick in need for these resources by considering how to speed up technology access for non-library card holders and how to handle peak demand [emphasis mine]—perhaps by designating one or more computers or mobile devices for “express” use or temporarily dedicating a device specifically for census response.”
In addition to having computers available, your library may need to review its internet/computer use policy. Does your library’s policy:
· Suspend a cardholder’s access to library computers and/or Wi-Fi due to fines?
· Allow sufficient computer session time for patrons who may need longer to complete the Census or the Census worker online training?
· Strictly limit the number of guest passes a non-cardholder can request?
These restrictions may create barriers to participating in the Census, as well as job searching, distance learning, etc.