For immediate release | March 27, 2019

ALA President to Speak at U.S. Census Bureau Press Conference

On April 1, 2019, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will give remarks at a public briefing held by the U.S. Census Bureau to mark the one year out milestone from the 2020 Census.

“The Census results will have a tremendous impact on funding and representation for our communities,” said Garcia-Febo. “ALA is committed to helping our communities achieve a complete count because libraries serve everyone.”

The news conference will be webcast live from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Census Bureau leadership will brief the public on the status of operations, discuss national hiring efforts and highlight what partners and other stakeholders can do to ensure complete and accurate counts in communities across the country.

When: Monday, April 1, 2019, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EDT)

Access: Live webcast at


Census Bureau leaders:

  • Dr. Steven Dillingham, Director, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Albert E. Fontenot Jr., Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Timothy Olson, Associate Director for Field Operations, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Michael Cook, Chief, Public Information Office, U.S. Census Bureau

Census Complete Count partners:

  • Loida Garcia-Febo, President, American Library Association
  • Bill Anoatubby, Governor, Chickasaw Nation
  • Lisa Hamilton, President and CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

For more information on ALA efforts to support a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census, visit

Connect with us on social media: @ALAlibrary, #CountOnLibraries, #2020Census


Shawnda Hines

Asst. Director, Communications

ALA Washington Office