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Census 2020 for GS students

Did you know that the 2020 Decennial Census (a.k.a. Census 2020) is mandatory?

To date, only 34.1% of households in Georgia have responded to this mandatory survey. It’s easy and takes less than 5 minutes to fill out online. Help keep things moving forward and fill out your Census today!

Here is what Georgia Southern students need to do to complete their Census during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IF YOU LIVE ON-CAMPUS: Housing will fill out the survey for you.
IF YOU LIVE OFF-CAMPUS: You should  have received an invitation to participate in the census in the mail beginning in mid-March, and you can respond to the questionnaire online, on the phone or by paper. You should respond using the address at which you would be living on April 1 if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.

To fill out the Census questionnaire online, visit https://my2020census.gov/ and click “Start Questionnaire”.

Have your invitation?
Use the 12-digit Census ID on your invitation to begin filling out the questionnaire online.

Don’t have your invitation?
No worries, simply visit https://my2020census.gov/ and click “If you do not have your census ID, click here.”. This will take you to a page to type in the address of where you live most of the time as of April 1, 2020. Once you do that, you can begin filling out the questionnaire!

For more information, see https://georgiasouthern.libguides.com/census2020.

Still have questions? Email lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu.


Over 200k Bottles Refilled in Henderson Library’s Water Bottle Filling Stations!

200K bottles refilled in Henderson Library's water bottle filling stations!

Patrons and employees at Henderson Library have refilled over 200,000 bottles at our water bottle refilling stations, keeping single use plastics out of the waste stream and out of our oceans! One station was installed on each of our four floors in spring of 2016, thanks to a grant from the GS Center for Sustainability.


EXHIBIT: Your Participation is Needed in the Upcoming Census2020!

Come see why at our Henderson Library’s Historical Census exhibit.

Location: Henderson Library, 2nd floor, near the Research Desk

The Decennial Census is conducted every 10 years as required by the United States Constitution to keep track of the country’s population. The Census determines the number of seats a state is given in the House of Representatives, it determines the Congressional districts, and most importantly, it informs how the federal budget is divided up and distributed among each state and community. 

In preparation for the upcoming 2020 Census, Government Document’s graduate assistant, Emma Green, had the opportunity to research the Census in order to help educate our Georgia Southern community on the importance of participating in the 2020 Decennial Census.

The exhibit showcases the 1st Decennial Census, along with some of the early results for the state of Georgia and how the state population has changed over time, with attention to the different ways people have been counted throughout the country’s history. Previous Decennial Census results are shown to give the community perspective on how much the United State’s population has changed since 1880. See trends such as the increase in people earning bachelor degrees between 1950 and the last Decennial Census in 2010.

The exhibit highlights the impact of the Census and why it’s important for everyone to participate. The Census impacts areas such as healthcare, education, even after school programs, along with many other vital programs in the United States. States are awarded an amount of the federal budget based on their population size, which is why it is important for everyone to be counted in the upcoming Decennial Census. The 2020 Census will also be the first to allow people to respond online, but still allows for answering the questionnaire by phone or mail, as well. 

Make sure to do your part and participate in the 2020 Census!

For more information about the census and how to participate visit https://2020census.gov/en.html, or visit our Libguide on Census 2020. You may also contact the Government Information Librarian, Lori Gwinett, directly at lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu.


Upcoming Voter Registration Deadline

Make sure you’re registered to vote in the Georgia Primaries!

The Georgia Primaries are March 24th, but you won’t be able to vote in the election if you aren’t registered by February 24th. Not sure you’re registered? Make sure you’re registered to vote by visiting: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

In addition to being registered to vote, you need to know where to vote and when. 

For more information on elections, campaign finance, and voting, see https://georgiasouthern.libguides.com/elections. You can also contact the Government Information Librarian, Lori Gwinett, at lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu


Book Discussion: One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

One Person, No Vote book image, by Carol Anderson

Feb 24th, 5:30pm
Studio M, Learning Commons, Armstrong campus

or watch the Live-stream at
Henderson Library, 2nd floor, Statesboro campus

Drs. Alicia Brunson, Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, and Calvin Walton will lead the discussion of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson. The discussion will examine the history of disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, and voter suppression that is detailed in the book. Even if you can’t finish the book, you can participate in the discussion!