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

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:

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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New Circulation Modeling Results

We just completed a long-awaiting transition to a database backend for the Reading Chicago Reading data. One of the big changes was the discovery that we had been using incorrect holdings data for one of our books. So, some of the modeling results are now slightly different, and the anomalous results for “Gold Boy” are now gone.

This change also means that we will now be able to process circulation data for books that are not OBOC selections including the books that were chosen as CPL recommendations. We will also be able to explore some new aspects of the circulation data such as the … Read more