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.
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- About the Authors
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