Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Overview of the MPC Data Infrastructure Projects

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is home to several large social science data infrastructure projects disseminating census and survey data from the U.S. and around the world ( All MPC data are harmonized for consistency across time and place, fully documented, and easily accessible online for the research community. In this workshop we will provide detailed explanations of the data available, describe how the data are harmonized, and demonstrate extracting and analyzing the data free of charge online.
Katie Genadek manages the IPUMS-USA project and directs dissemination and outreach at the Minnesota Population Center. She is also an economist researching family circumstances and labor market decisions, time spent with partners, and well-being over the life course: all questions that can be analyzed using MPC data.

Catherine Fitch is the Associate Director of the Minnesota Population Center and she has been working on IPUMS and related census data infrastructure for more than twenty years. As historical demographer, she is interested in family formation and measuring change over time (and IPUMS makes that easy to do).

We will meet together for Session #54, online on Monday, January 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by January 25 at 10:00 am using this link:

Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam [at] uncg [dot] edu). You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.

The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm