US Census Data: Concepts and Applications for Supporting Research

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More than just a ten-year count, the US census is a collection of high-quality, geographically detailed, and free and open datasets that describe the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the nation on an on-going basis. This issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 58, no. 4) provides readers with a crash course on the census: learn about the concepts on which the census is organized, the key datasets, accessing data online and through scripts via APIs, and considerations for using GIS, historic data, and microdata. Librarians will gain knowledge they can use for assisting members of their communities with census data, and will see how the census can be used for library planning and research.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Roles of the Census in Society

Chapter 3: Census Concepts

Chapter 4: Datasets

Chapter 5: Accessing Data

Chapter 6: GIS, Historical Research, and Microdata

Chapter 7: The Census in Library Applications

Frank Donnelly

Frank Donnelly is the GIS & Data Librarian at Brown University Library in Providence, Rhode Island, where he supports geospatial and demographic research on campus. He is the author of Exploring the U.S. Census: Your Guide to America's Data as well as several articles on census data and the geography of U.S. public libraries.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication here.