Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Census Academy: New 2020 Census Redistricting Resources Available

 Census Academy: New 2020 Census Redistricting Resources Available

The Comprehensive Course for Accessing 2020 Census Redistricting Data

If you are interested in exploring 2020 Census redistricting data, check out Census Bureau's new all-level course.

It teaches you the basics about the Decennial Census, the Redistricting Data Program, Public Law 94-171 redistricting data, geographic availability, and the legacy format. You will then learn about the available sources to access these data and the features of each source.

Select one or more learning pathways to learn how to access data from the Census File Transfer Protocol (FTP), data visualizations,, and the Census Application Programming Interface (API).
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How Can I Access 2020 Census Redistricting Data

There are a few ways that you can access 2020 Census redistricting data for your area. Discover three valuable resources and learn when to use one tool over others in this video tutorial.
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Visit updated Census Academy 2020 Census page to find more helpful resources:

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Finding 2020 Census Redistricting Data


Redistricting Data, P.L. 94-171, was made available to the public on, on September 16, 2021. This includes data for all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, down to the census block level. In this webinar session, participants will enjoy a live demonstration of various examples on how to navigate the platform to access and download 2020 Census redistricting data. We will also provide participants with links on where to find additional resources and technical documentation about Redistricting Data.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

State-by-State Visualizations of Key Demographic Trends From the 2020 Census


America Counts Releases State Data Profiles

America Counts State Profiles

State-by-State Visualizations of Key Demographic Trends From the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau today released 52 individual data profiles on America Counts highlighting the recent 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File release.

These sharable data-rich state profiles are available for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and feature data visualizations that include population, housing, race, ethnicity, diversity and age data. Each profile provides key demographic characteristics of each state and county on one page.

State Profiles

America Counts regularly features stories on various topics such as families, housing, employment, business, education, the economy, emergency management, and population. Sign up for the America Counts newsletter to receive the latest stories on Census Bureau statistics.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships


Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowships

NewsNet 910
July 30, 2021

The Copyright Office is now accepting applications for the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program. This fellowship, which runs eighteen to twenty-four months, was created for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in copyright law. Ringer Fellows work closely with senior attorneys and others in the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Policy and International Affairs, the Office of the Register, and the Office of Registration Policy and Practice on a range of copyright-related law and policy matters. Ringer Fellows serve as full-time federal employees for the term of their fellowships and are eligible for salary and benefits as permitted under federal law.

Additional details about the Ringer Fellowship, including the application process, can be found on the Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program website. Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2021.

Update and Resources for 2020 ACS Data Release

 The Census Bureau announced that they will not be releasing their standard 2020 ACS 1-year data products in September as planned due to the impact of the pandemic on data quality. Instead, they will be releasing a set of experimental estimates from the 1-year data. They have created several resources to help data users prepare for this change:

*            A press kit includes a PDF version of yesterday's webinar, background materials 
explaining what experimental data products are, and information about the Census Bureau's 
statistical quality standards. A recording of the webinar should be available by late Monday.
*            A revised 2020 ACS release schedule includes the complete schedule with new 
planned release dates.
*            The ACS Resource Hub flyer and 2020 ACS 1-Year Estimates: What You Need to Know
flyer provide more information.

2020 Census Blog Series: How We Complete the Census When Characteristics are Missing


2020 Census Blog Series: How We Complete the Census When Demographic and Housing Characteristics Are Missing

By Roberto Ramirez, assistant division chief, Special Population Statistics, Population Division and Christine Borman, statistician demographer, Count Review Office, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Although we strive to obtain all demographic and housing data from every individual in the census, missing data are part of every census process. Fortunately, we have long-established procedures we’ve used in previous censuses and surveys to fill in these missing pieces.

As you’ll see in this latest blog, the process is complex but is a reflection of the extensive standard statistical methodology we use to account for missing or conflicting data.

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Census Bureau to Host Informational Webinar in Advance of 2020 Census Redistricting Data Release


Census Bureau to Host Informational Webinar in Advance of 2020 Census Redistricting Data Release

The U.S. Census Bureau will host a webinar on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. EDT ahead of the release of 2020 Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data. The webinar will include instructions on how to access redistricting data; information on improvements to the race and ethnicity questions design, processing, and coding; along with a presentation on how the Census Bureau is measuring diversity in the United States.

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  • James Whitehorne, chief, Redistricting and Voting Rights Data Office, Census Bureau
  • Matthew Spence, senior advisor for Special Population Statistics and Disclosure Avoidance, Population Division, Census Bureau
  • Eric Jensen, senior technical expert for Demographic Analysis, Population Division, Census Bureau
  • Rachel Marks, chief, Racial Statistics Branch, Population Division, Census Bureau
  • Michael C. Cook, Sr., chief, Public Information Office, Census Bureau (moderator)


  • Join the webinar.
  • Audio access: 888-847-6588, passcode 7727651

The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing in the 2020 Census Redistricting Files Press Kit

Data Viz: Race and Ethnicity Across the Decades: 1790-2020


Data Viz: Race and Ethnicity Across the Decades: 1790-2020

Race and Ethnicity Across Decades

Check out our interactive infographic timeline to see the race and ethnicity categories used in the U.S. Decennial Census from 1790-2020. 

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Improvements to the 2020 Census Race and Hispanic Origin Question Designs, Data Processing, and Coding Procedures


Improvements to the 2020 Census Race and Hispanic Origin Question Designs, Data Processing, and Coding Procedures

Written By Rachel Marks, chief, Racial Statistics Branch, Population Division and Merarys Rios-Vargas, chief, Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch, Population Division

The U.S. Census Bureau has collected data on race since the first census in 1790 and on Hispanic or Latino origin (referred to as Hispanic origin in this blog) since the 1970 Census. How these topics are measured, and statistics on them are collected and coded, has changed nearly every decade throughout the history of the census, reflecting social, political and economic factors.

This blog discusses how we improved the census questions on race and Hispanic origin, also known as ethnicity, between 2010 and 2020. These changes provide important context as we prepare to release the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File.

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United States Census 2020 Measuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity for the 2020 Census


The Census Bureau will release measures of diversity to present the complexity of 2020 Census results compared to 2010 Census results.

Measuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity for the 2020 Census

Measuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Written By Eric Jensen, senior technical expert for Demographic Analysis; Nicholas Jones, director and senior advisor for Race and Ethnicity Research and Outreach; Kimberly Orozco, demographic statistician; Lauren Medina, demographic statistician; Marc Perry, senior demographer; Ben Bolender, senior advisor; and Karen Battle, chief, Population Division

Later this month, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to release the first results from the 2020 Census on race and ethnicity. These data will provide a snapshot of the racial and ethnic composition and diversity of the U.S. population as of April 1, 2020.

We will release the following measures of diversity to clearly present and analyze the complexity of the 2020 Census results compared to the 2010 Census results:

  • Diversity Index.
  • Prevalence rankings and diffusion score.
  • Prevalence maps.

In this blog, we provide a preview of these measures and explain what each can tell you about the nation’s racial and ethnic composition and diversity.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Of the People

The Library of Congress announced a new, multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, supported by a $15 million investment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The new initiative is part of a larger vision at the Library to connect with all Americans by inviting new generations to participate in creating, preserving and sharing the nation’s cultural treasures and building on the Library’s commitment to collect and preserve more underrepresented perspectives and experiences.

Read the press release:

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Rosa Parks: In her own words - visit the exhibition online

Visit our current exhibition on Rosa Parks which showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure.

Young Rosa Parks: Ideas for Families to Engage with Her Life Story

Expanding Historical Narratives about Rosa Parks Using Primary Sources: Ideas for Teachers

Virtual Student Workshop - Rosa Parks: Freedom Fighter (grades 5-8) Through discussion, questioning strategies, storytelling and more, students learn about the many ways civil rights activist Rosa Parks fought to bring about justice and equality for many Americans. The program draws on the personal papers of Rosa Parks and other multimedia items held at the Library. Workshops are led by a Library facilitator and are available by request here:


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Black History Month Events at the Kluge Center

As part of the Library of Congress commemoration of African American History Month, the Kluge Center will be hosting two events that honor the African American scholars and activists who have contributed so much to American democracy.

Feb. 23 at 1 pm, join us for African American Women and the Suffrage Movement, with Martha S. Jones. Jones will discuss her recent book "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All"

Event info & free registration:

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Celebrating Black History Month

Library blog posts highlighting African American Stories in honor of Black History Month by Library of Congress.

Blog posts from around the library:

Celebrating Artists’ Portraits at the Library of Congress for African American History Month

The Family Life of Ralph Ellison

Honoring African American Contributions in Medicine: Midwives

Katherine Dunham's Ethnographic Research in the Caribbean

Frederick Douglass Newspapers, 1847-1874: Now Online

Sojourner Truth and the Power of Copyright Registration

The Beauty Entrepreneur: Madam C. J. Walker

Performing Arts Blog Posts


The Hazel Scott Papers:


African American Art Dolls and Puppets for Identity and Healing:

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Celebrate World Statistics Day


October 20, 2020 is #WorldStatisticsDay. Celebrate the impactful stats and innovative data solutions that drive decision-making with the @USCensusBureau. Explore #DataTools on the #WorldStatsDay page: #StatsDay2020 

Every 5 years, #WorldStatisticsDay is celebrated around the world to recognize the value of statistical systems.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Celebrating Constitution Day

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources.

Please go to National Archive's website for events on celebrating the Constitution Day.

And Fondren Library's Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day, September 17: 2020.