University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Researchers welcome to census workshops April 30

The Census Bureau’s Denver office is sending a trainer to UND on Tuesday, April 30, to provide researchers the opportunity to learn more about how to use Census data. There are two sessions being offered, one an introductory overview and the other a more detailed and hands-on look at how to use Census data (this second session will be offered twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon). There will also be an opportunity in the afternoon to ask the trainer more specific research questions you might have.

Schedule of workshops, Tuesday April 30:

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Introductory overview, Chester Fritz Library, room 108 (desktops provided, laptops encouraged)
10:30 a.m. to noon – Community Analysis session, Chester Fritz Library, room 108 (desktops provided, laptops encouraged)
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Community Analysis session, Altru Lecture Hall (formerly United Hospital Lecture Hall)/School of the Medical and Health Sciences (laptops encouraged)
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Breakout session with Census trainer, Altru Lecture Hall/School of the Medical and Health Sciences

The 9:30 a.m. introductory session is intended for researchers of all kinds (students, faculty, staff) who are interested in working with Census data but don’t have a strong background in it. The 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. sessions are intended for those researchers who use or plan to use Census data in their research. These sessions will be highly hands-on and use of laptops is encouraged.

Description for Community Analysis Sessions a.m. and p.m. (p.m. is an encore):
"Accessing Census Bureau Data for Community Analysis and Research" – This training will guide participants on using data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey, the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in North Dakota.

Who should come? The lab is designed for college faculty, staff, and students who use data for research, teaching, institutional research, needs assessment, grant writing and planning.
In a live computer lab setting, researchers will use the American Factfinder (data search tool); conduct searches using the 2010 Census for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as educational attainment, income, occupation, poverty status, and nativity.

The 3:30 p.m. breakout session is intended to give people time to ask the trainer more specific questions about their research that might not be appropriate for a wider audience.

-- Lisa Martin, business and government documents librarian, Chester Fritz Library, 777.4491,

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