When President Obama released his 2012 Budget Request to Congress, he included the U.S. Census Bureau’s Budget Estimates, which called for the termination of their Statistical Compendia Branch.
This branch compiles and releases such reports as the Statistical Abstract and the National Data Book that include usable data for the American public. Closing this branch would mean the end of these reports.
ALA’s Office of Government Relations (OGR) has contacted the U.S. Census Bureau and is working with members of the Association to compile specific examples to demonstrate the value of these documents to the public. Please email Jessica McGilvray (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share stories of how you have witnessed this information benefitting someone in your library.
After consulting with ALA President Roberta Stevens, OGR will relay all of this information to the House and Senate appropriators to ask them to restore funds for this very important government service.
Librarians will play an important role in ensuring that this compilation of data will not end. In the coming weeks there will be an alert on the ALA’s Legislative Action Center and it will be essential that you contact your legislators.