Here we are at the formal end of our tutorial. I'd like to thank all of you who stayed subscribers to the very end. Before we get into our last topic, I would like to thank some of the people who helped make this tutorial possible:
Freya Anderson for reviewing every post before it went out. Any remaining errors are my own.
Karen Crane, Director of the Alaska State Library, for allowing me to send these postings from work. It would have been far too much for my poor home ISP!
The members of Alaska Library Association Documents Roundtable, for believing in me and authorizing this Census tutorial.
Ingrid Zaruba, Cam McIntosh, and Paula K. Wright, *my* tutors in Census matters.
It's a fact that at some point, we will not know where or how to find some Census statistic that we need. No matter how many training sessions, tutorials or books we go through, we will hit a dead end. There is just too much information available from the Census Bureau for it to be otherwise.
Help with Census materials is available at local (in most places), State and Federal Levels. Often it is just an e-mail or phone call away.Local
Your first line of defense is your local Federal Depository Library. There are over 1300 Depository Libraries across the country and most of them will subscribe to Census materials at least for their home state. Plus, documents librarians will usually have more experience in accessing Census materials in many formats.
IF YOU LIVE IN ALASKA, Your Federal Depository Libraries are:
1.Depository Number: 0016 Institution: Alaska Department of Education Library Name: Alaska State Library Mailing Address: P.O. Box 110571 Street: Alaska State Office Building 8th Floor City: Juneau State: AK Zip: 99811-0571 Documents Phone Number: (907) 465-2927: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 465-2920: Fax Number: (907) 465-2665: 2.Depository Number: 0016A Institution: Alaska State Court Library Name: Anchorage Law Library Mailing Address: 820 West 4th Avenue Street: 303 K Street City: Anchorage State: AK Zip: 99501-2099 Documents Phone Number: (907) 264-0587: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 264-0585: Fax Number: (907) 264-0733: Depository Web Site: http://www.alaska.net/~akctlib/fedlegal.htm 3.Depository Number: 0016B Institution: Alaska Resources Library & Information Services Library Name: ARLIS Library Mailing Address: Suite 100 Street: 3150 C Street City: Anchorage State: AK Zip: 99503-3916 Documents Phone Number: (907) 271-4435: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 272-7547: Fax Number: (907) 271-4742: 4.Depository Number: 0017 Institution: University of Alaska, Fairbanks Library Name: Elmer E. Rasmuson Library Mailing Address: P.O. Box 756817 Street: 310 Tanana Drive City: Fairbanks State: AK Zip: 99775-6817 Documents Phone Number: (907) 474-6730: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 474-7624: Fax Number: (907) 474-5068: 5.Depository Number: 0018 Institution: University of Alaska, Southeast Library Name: Ketchikan Campus Library Street: 2600 7th Avenue City: Ketchikan State: AK Zip: 99901 Documents Phone Number: (907) 228-4517: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 225-4722: Fax Number: (907) 228-4520: Depository Web Site: http://www.ketch.alaska.edu/govdocs.html 6.Depository Number: 0018A Institution: Anchorage Municipal Libraries Library Name: Z.J. Loussac Public Library Mailing Address: Acquisitions Street: 3600 Denali Street City: Anchorage State: AK Zip: 99503-6093 Documents Phone Number: (907) 343-2891: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 343-2863: Fax Number: (907) 343-1244: 7.Depository Number: 0019 Institution: University of Alaska, Anchorage Library Name: Consortium Library Street: 3211 Providence Drive City: Anchorage State: AK Zip: 99508-8176 Documents Phone Number: (907) 786-1874: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 786-1974: Fax Number: (907) 786-6050: Depository Web Site: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/lib/govdoc.html 8.Depository Number: 0020A Institution: University of Alaska, Southeast Library Name: William A. Egan Library Street: 11120 Glacier Highway City: Juneau State: AK Zip: 99801-8676 Documents Phone Number: (907) 465-6345: Public Service Phone Number: (907) 465-6466: Fax Number: (907) 465-6249: Depository Web Site: http://www.jun.alaska.edu/uas/library/collections.shtml
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE ALASKA, you can find your nearest Federal Depository Library by pointing your browser at [http://catalog.gpo.gov/fdlpdir/FDLPdir.jsp] and searching by City, Zip Code, or by several other fields.State
Every State has a State Data Center. The SDCs are official sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau. These data are made available by the Census Bureau to the SDCs at no charge (fees may be charged for customized products). The SDCs make these data accessible to state, regional, local and tribal governments, and non-governmental data users at no charge or on a cost-recovery or reimbursable basis as appropriate.
The SDCs also provide training and technical assistance in accessing and using Census Bureau data for research, administration, planning and decision making by local governments, the business community, and other interested data users.
Each State Data Center has a lead agency and usually several coordinating agencies. In our State of Alaska, the lead agency is the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The State Data Center might NOT be known by that name in your State. In Alaska, our SDC is called the Census and Geographic Information Network (CGIN). As promised last week, here are the contacts for CGIN in ALASKA:
Census and Geographic Information Network Research & Analysis Alaska Department of Labor P.O. Box 25504 Juneau, AK 99802-5504 Ms. Ingrid Zaruba (907) 465-2439 FAX (907) 465-2101 E-mail: Ingrid_Zaruba@labor.state.ak.us Can copy Census maps. Alaska Dept. of Community & Economic Development 550 W. 7th, Ste 1790 Anchorage, AK 99501-3510 Ms. Laura Walters (907) 269-4521 FAX (907) 269-4539 E-mail: Laura_Walters@dced.state.ak.us Alaska State Library Government Publications/Technical Services PO Box 110571 Juneau, AK 99811-0571 Mr. Daniel Cornwall (907) 465-2927 FAX (907) 465-2665 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org University of Alaska-Anchorage Institute of Social & Economic Research 3211 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 Ms. Stephanie Martin (907)786-7706 FAX (907) 786-1377 email@example.com
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE ALASKA, you can find your State Data Center by going to [http://www.census.gov/sdc/www/] and clicking on your State's name.Federal
Finally, of course, the Census Bureau stands ready to help. The Bureau has 12 field offices around the country that are dedicated to providing assistance and training with Census materials. When I get a question I can't answer here in Alaska, I will sometimes call the Seattle field office (206-553-5835) and asked to speak to Cam McIntosh, one of their information specialists and a familiar sight at AkLA conferences! When enough libraries in a given city have expressed interest in training, Cam has been great about flying up and giving training sessions on American FactFinder and other Census Resources.
Give the field office a try. They're from the government, and this time, they really are here to help! Alaskans should call Seattle (big surprise!), and others should call the office nearest them.
Census Field Offices Please call the regional office nearest you for general training:
Atlanta 404-730-3833 Boston 617-424-0510 Charlotte 704-344-6144 Chicago 312-353-9747 Dallas 214-655-3050 Denver 303-969-7750 Detroit 313-259-1875 Kansas City 913-551-6711 Los Angeles 818-904-6339 New York 212-264-4730 Philadelphia 215-656-7578 Seattle 206-553-5835
In preparing for this tutorial, I discovered that there are phone numbers for extremely minute subjects. For instance, if you want to know about:
I found these phone numbers in the Technical Documentation to the Census 2000 Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File, available at [http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/pl94-171.pdf]. Remember, it never hurts to read the manual! Other Technical Documentation documents can be found at [http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2000/index.html]. Click on "Technical Documentation" to see a complete list of manuals.
An additional list of subject specific experts can be found at [http://www.census.gov/contacts/www/c-census2000.html].
Well, that does it for our nine-part tutorial on Census 2000. I hope it was truly news that you could use. If you have general comments about this tutorial or want to suggest possible future e-mail tutorials to be conducted by members of the Alaska Library Association Documents Roundtable, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, my thanks to all of you who gave me my first national audience for a continuing education workshop! Take care and happy data gathering!
Daniel Cornwall, Member Alaska Library Association Government Documents Roundtable.
If you find any part of this tutorial useful, you may use it in training materials with proper attribution, and if you drop me a line at email@example.com telling me how you're going to use it. Thanks!
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