Dickerson-Johnson Library

Dickerson-Johnson Library Awarded Census Grant

The Coahoma Community College Dickerson-Johnson Library is one of 59 libraries across the nation to be awarded a Library Census Equity Fund mini-grant by the American Library Association.

Dickerson-Johnson Library Awarded Census Grant

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Jan 7, 2020

Dickerson-Johnson Library

The Coahoma Community College Dickerson-Johnson Library is one of 59 libraries across the nation to be awarded a Library Census Equity Fund mini-grant by the American Library Association. To aid in attaining a more accurate count of those in the surrounding communities that the College serves, the CCC library plans to use the $2,000 grant to purchase one to two laptops or desktop computers solely for completing and submitting the 2020 Census survey.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, groups underrepresented on the national survey in past years included underage children, those experiencing homelessness, American Indians, Alaska natives, and minorities. While the College, a historically black institution, met the criteria for the undercounted population on the decennial Census, the library staff was led to apply for the grant.

With an online response option offered for the 2020 Census, the Library’s inquiry narrative addressed the need for communities to access the Internet at no cost.

The Dickerson-Johnson Library is the only resource center in the state of Mississippi to be awarded the grant. Library staff hopes to use the center’s computer lab as well and promises valuable assistance to members of the public needing their resources.

“I feel very thankful that the library was awarded the mini-grant,” said Rose Lockett, director of library services. “The librarians put some time and effort into crafting the narrative for it while targeting the needs of the various communities to get assistance with completing the 2020 Census.”

Libraries serve as partners ensuring that data is properly gathered. Results from the Census will reflect political representation and decide how critical resources are allocated over the next 10 years.

The Dickerson-Johnson Library's primary focus is to assist with students’ academic needs by maintaining a varied collection along with online and print material, including informative periodicals, tailored to the institution’s mission and goals, says Lockett. Additionally, the library offers patrons assistance as well as many services.

Beyond the Census initiative, a new library orientation training video for Canvas, the College’s online learning platform, is currently in the works to provide an effective tutorial of the library’s services and resources. The Library also looks forward to making C-Spire hotspots available for students to check out when an Internet connection is required for homework.

For more information, contact Rose Lockett, the director of the Dickerson-Johnson Library, at (662) 621-4165 or (662) 621-4684.