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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Session D (Thursday) [clear filter]
Thursday, August 8

3:30pm PDT

The Road to the 2020 Census
This is a Power Point presentation for libraries to support their communities for the 2020 Census - ensuring continued resources of federally funded programs.  The timing of this conference is perfect for this once-a-decade population and housing count that is mandated by congress.  The purpose of the 2020 Census is to conduct a census of population and housing and disseminate the results to the President, the states, and the American people. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. The decennial census, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, is the country’s largest nonmilitary mobilization of a workforce and its data are of paramount importance to the nation, determining each state’s number of representatives in Congress and the allocation of billions of dollars in funding for many federal programs, the boundaries for voting and school districts, and countless other decisions that benefit local governments in all 50 states and the territories. Businesses of all sizes depend on census data to make decisions about where to locate, hire, and invest. The widespread availability of data through the internet, as well as through third‐party entities that often repackage Census Bureau data, has been important for entrepreneurs who need to make data‐driven decisions to benefit their businesses. 

1. Outreach/education to underrepresented, rural and hard-to-count populations.  2.  Support innovative technology with internet response opportunities for the first time in Census history.  3.  Support resources of federally funded programs for local communities. 


Mindy Thorp

Partnership Specialist, US Census Bureau

Thursday August 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT
Willow 2

3:30pm PDT

Washington Public Libraries Lead the Way in Workforce Development
The role of libraries in community economic development is evolving beyond jobseeker support to more formal engagement with workforce development systems.  Washington libraries are engaged with community partners at the state and local level in projects and activities that are truly moving the bar for jobseekers and business, allowing them to make real, impactful contributions in their communities.  In this session you’ll learn about the structure of the workforce development system, which government and community organizations share common audiences and goals – and are likely to welcome libraries as partners, and gain insight into specific areas where the ‘traditional’ workforce development system struggles, but where libraries excel.

Some of the programs we’ll highlight include adult high school completion (degree and GED) partnerships and initiatives, certification test proctoring, workshops for budding apprentices and  entrepreneurs and small business, libraries certified in the American Job Center network, and a very successful community business library. Throughout the program we’ll be taking a thoughtful look at the many ways to approach community partnerships, and ways to make our workforce development activities more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. 

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the structure of the workforce development system – federal, state, and local.
Attendees will leave with at least 2 ideas for how they can leverage their library’s current goals or services to engage in their workforce development system.
Attendees will gain new insight into the partnership spectrum and incorporating principles of equitability, diversity, and inclusion. 


Elizabeth Iaukea

Workforce Development Librarian, Washington State Library

Thursday August 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT

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