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An Infopeople Webinar

July 26th, 2011 12:00 PM
1:00 PM

Presenter: Linda Clark Photo of Linda Clark

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 (the Census Bureau's homepage).
  • 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.

Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required.

Speaker's slides

  • None for this webinar


  • 2007 Econ Census Uses of the Data: docx [49kb] - pdf [57kb]
  • Are You In a Survey or Census: docx [254kb] - pdf [246kb]
  • I Didnt Know Data Mining Census Home Page: doc [393kb] - pdf [451kb]
  • Industry Focus: docx [49kb] - pdf [176kb]
  • Regional Offices for Data Needs Map: docx [201kb] - pdf [94kb]
  • Small Business Resources: docx [304kb] - pdf [554kb]

Post Webinar Information

  • The NAICS code 519120 DOES apply to government (public) libraries and the like (e.g., bookmobiles). Linda Clark checked with the NAICS gurus and they verified that government activity is covered by the NAICS codes.
  • 2009 reference to citation styles for Census Bureau tables and maps - pdf [24kb]

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