WMU News

How to access Census 2000 information

Jan. 10, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- WMU's Government Documents Department in Waldo Library will offer a series of seven identical introductory sessions on how to access Census 2000 data. The first session will be presented Jan. 16, and the final session will be held April 17. Those interested need attend only one session.

The free Census 2000 sessions, geared to meet the needs of faculty and students, are open to the public and will cover the Bureau of Census Web site, including American Factfinder, as well as state and regional agencies that are making the data available to users. Waldo Library's holdings will also be identified.

Data from the 2000 Census of Population and Housing are currently being released, and the data are available in a myriad of formats, many of which did not exist just a few years ago. End users are able and sometimes required to manipulate the data and produce their own reports, requiring uses to become familiar with the new data releases and formats in order to make the best use of the information available.

Sessions will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. in Waldo's lower level Classroom B on Jan. 16, Jan. 31, Feb. 13, Feb. 28, March 14, April 4 and April 17. Seating is limited, so reservations are is advised by contacting Michael McDonnell at 269 387-5187 or <michael.mcdonnell@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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