Edgartown Library will sponsor Census speaker

Edgartown Library will sponsor Census speaker

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The Edgartown Library will host a presentation by Tia Costello from the Boston office of the U.S. Census Bureau Saturday on how to understand and use federal Census data.

The program begins at 2 pm and is free.

The presentation is designed to provide the general public, business owners, town and regional planners with the tools they need to navigate the Census website. “It’s also important to understand that the Census Bureau changed many aspects of its data-gathering work from the 2000 Census to the 2010 Census — and to know how these changes affect comparisons of data across the years,” according to a press release.

Ms. Costello is ideally equipped to help explain this: She holds graduate degrees in political science and education, and she has worked for the U.S. Census Bureau during both of the most recent decennial censuses, managing outreach and promotion activities in the Boston region.

“My presentation,” she says, “will be on understanding the differences between Census data sets and how to access those data.”