Coppin State Awarded National GrantPublished Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
Parlett L. Moore Library (Coppin State University) was named one of 59 libraries nationwide to receive a $2,000
Coppin State University, Parlett L. Moore Library Receives National Grant from American Library Association to Support 2020 Census Work
Baltimore — Parlett L. Moore Library (Coppin State University) was named one of 59 libraries nationwide to receive a $2,000 Library Census Equity Fund grant from the American Library Association (ALA), which awarded the grants to bolster library services to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.
“This is our opportunity to heighten awareness of the importance of the Census, especially in a community that has a hard-to-count population. This is our chance to assist people who are without broadband access and people who have limited online experience and ability,” said Mary Wanza, Library Director.
Through this grant, our multigenerational student population and immediate community will learn the importance and impact of participating in the 2020 Census with the installation of a dedicated census-taking iPad in a secure stand kiosk in our university library lobby. Kiosk signage will be stressing how the census is a vital part of our democracy and civic duty and that an estimated $18,250 is lost in funding per person over a 10-year period for each uncounted person. We will engage our diverse student population and immediate community population Our outreach population includes people living without home broadband access, in complex households, and living in non-traditional housing. Our outreach population is comprised of people of color, cultural and linguistic minorities, LGBTQ people, low-income people, and people experiencing homelessness.
“The efforts of Parlett L. Moore Library],” said ALA President Wanda Brown, “will shine a light on all the library workers across the country who are shouldering efforts to reach and inform their communities—especially vulnerable and hard-to-count populations—about the importance of a full and inclusive count.”
The results of the 2020 Census will affect communities across the country. More than $1.5 trillion in federal funds are allocated each year to state and local governments based on Census data. When residents are missed in the Census, their communities miss out on needed funding for services such as libraries, schools, healthcare, and transportation.
The U.S. Constitution requires a census of all residents every ten years. In the 2020 Census, residents will have the choice to respond online, by phone, or by mail. The U.S. Census Bureau will send mailings to households prior to Census Day, which is April 1, 2020.
To help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census, America’s libraries are informing their communities and providing access to the online response option. To learn more, visit ala.org/census and follow the conversation on social media with #CountOnLibraries.
The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library's role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.