For immediate release | June 17, 2013

'The Census, Your Patrons and the DataFerrett'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies, how can your patrons use census figures which are now available? On Saturday, June 29, 2013, join officials from the U.S. Census Bureau during the session “The Census, Your Patrons and the DataFerrett,” a hands-on workshop that will teach participants use Census datasets. The session will be held from 3 - 4 p.m. in Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Burnham Room 23A-B.

Stephen Laue, information services specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Chicago Regional Office, will teach participants how to access Census statistics via the American Community Survey. Attendees will learn how to use DataFerrett, an analytical and visualization tool that searches and retrieves data across federal datasets and creates complex tabulations, business graphics and thematic maps. This program is an introduction to the basics of locating variables and creating custom reports and data presentation documents.

This workshop will demonstrate how to browse available datasets, select variables form datasets, create new variables from existing ones and produce customized analyses using tables, graphs and maps. Great for patrons of public, K-12 school and college libraries.


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The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.



Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

American Library Association

Washington Office