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Wayne State Library Launches Virtual Series About Using Census Data

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Census data is used with Pell Grants, maps, genealogy and more.

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The Wayne State Library System is launching a virtual series to teach people about the value of Census data.

Getting the Census done is a community effort.” — Meghan Courtney, Walter P. Reuther Library

A lot of people know that they can take the Census,” says Meghan Courtney, Outreach Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. “But we want to take it a step further and let people know that there are many ways that this data is actually useful for them in their lives.”


Click on the player above to hear the Walter P. Reuther Library’s Meghan Courtney talk about the upcoming Census series.


The free series kicks off on Zoom on Wednesday, June 3 at 4 p.m. with a talk called “Why the Census?

Librarians will explain how the Census impacts public funding and show attendees how they can access Census data. The second talk in the series, “Seeing the Census,” is happening Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. All sessions will be recorded for people who can’t attend and want to view at a later date. 

Getting the Census done is a community effort,” says Courtney. “And it’s something that will affect not only Wayne State’s campus area but the whole region in a huge way.”

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Laura Herberg, Community Reporter

Laura Herberg is a Community Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She has reported since 2010 without owning a car.

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