SIS partners with WSU Library System for Census 2020 series 

Detroit Counts virtual census events flyer

The Wayne State University Library System, in partnership with the School of Information Sciences and the Walter P. Reuther Library, is proud to announce “Detroit Counts,” a public event series focused on the U.S. census. Through web-based public events, the series explores how the U.S. census offers a picture of the past and shapes the community’s future. Participants can join the events live via Zoom or access recorded events through

The series kicks off June 3 with “Why the Census?” The event will feature Wayne State University Librarian Monique Oldfield and University of Michigan Librarian Catherine Morse. Both librarians specialize in using census data to better understand politics and social movements in communities. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions about how the U.S. census works and how they can use data to support their research and their communities. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Join at

The second event takes place on June 17 at 10:30 a.m. “Seeing the Census,” focuses on how census data shapes the maps that influence public policy. Amanda Tickner of Michigan State University Libraries and Alex Hill of DETROITography and Wayne State’s Center for Urban Studies will discuss their work using census data for GIS-driven visualizations of the world. The Zoom link will be released closer to the event date.

Additional events will take place this summer. Visit to learn about future events and how to participate in the 2020 U.S. census.

Contact: Meghan Courtney
Phone: 313-577-0147

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