Reading Chicago Reading

Who reads? What do they read? How do they read? These are questions essential to the study of literacy, yet fine-grained answers to these questions are difficult to come by, as noted in To Read or Not To Read, a 2007 report from the NEA. Our project Reading Chicago Reading represents a rare opportunity to seek empirical answers to these questions within a large metropolitan area, with a wide variety of texts, and across a great diversity of readers. Read more

“The Book is Just the Beginning,” Part 2

Mihaela writes: In the first segment of this two-part entry, we explored the variety of events offered by the Chicago Public Library at neighborhood branches during their One Book seasons. Over the years, the library has increased the number of events at physical branches. But CPL has also created innovative digital programs to encourage participation via Twitter chats, digital blog posts, and CHIRP Radio. This post is about such online programming.

For the 2014-2015 season, on Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, OBOC launched chapter-by-chapter online “ReadingRead more

Advanced Computing Support Grant

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) announced this week that the Reading Chicago Reading project was awarded one of their Advanced Computing Support grants this year. See the press release here. The award will enable us to get assistance from the support staff at the HTRC for expanding our computational analysis of the texts used in “One Book, One Chicago” and also other related and recommended books identified by library staff. The use of the HathiTrust digital library is essential to this phase of our research because it is more or less the only means of performing text processing… Read more

GitHub repository

The code underlying our analyses of the Reading Chicago Reading data is now available on GitHub:

https://github.com/rburke2233/rcr-analysis

We hope this will be useful as inspiration, since reproducing the analyses requires access to the original circulation data, which we are not able to distribute at this point.

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