How to Get the Best Count for Your Community

The Department of Libraries is bringing in a federal Census official to conduct a short workshop for Oklahoma's public libraries, tribal libraries, and adult literacy councils. Libraries and literacy councils will play a key role as staff work to guide people in participating in the Census. This workshop will help prepare you to assist your communities in achieving a fair, accurate, and inclusive count.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to identify undercounted populations in their service area, develop programs to reach those populations, and answer questions from the public about participating in the census count.

Note: Your library or literacy council may attend whether or not you are applying for an ODL Census Grant.

The workshop is free. For persons coming from more than 60 miles outside OKC, travel cost reimbursements will be available on a "first reserved, first served" basis until funds are depleted.

Attendees will receive 0.24 CEU credits.

Contact ODL Government Information Librarian Susan Woitte if you have questions or need more information.

This event is supported by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Meet the Presenter

Haley AshcomHaley Ashcom is a Partnership Manager with the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Census Bureau. She first came to the bureau in 2016 as an Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist promoting geographical programs in the lead up to peak Census operations.

Her work with various national and local organizations nationwide allowed her to move into her current Partnership Manager role, overseeing the Congressional and Intergovernmental Portfolio for the Census's National Partnership Program. In her current role Haley has worked diligently to utilize innovation solutions to the challenges that the 2020 Census faces. Working primarily with elected officials and national organizations that are comprised of elected official membership, Haley has facilitated over 50 Census Solutions workshops with groups of elected officials, Complete Count Committees, and both national and local partners.

Haley holds a BA in Global Affairs from George Mason University, a MA in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics, and a MS in Psychology of Leadership from Pennsylvania State University. She resides in Washington, DC and is originally from Pittsburgh, PA.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 30 - 10:00 a.m. Grant Conference Call - If you missed it, view Slides and Zoom Recording.
  • Tuesday, November 5 - Census Workshop for Libraries and Literacy Councils (This will be open to all libraries and literacy councils whether they plan to apply for a grant or not.)
  • Friday, November 15 - at 12 noon Deadline for grant applications.
  • Monday, December 2 - Grant awards announced.

Questions? Contact ODL Government Information Librarian Susan Woitte.