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. Learn 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 on large collections of in-copyright texts, such as the “One Book” selections.