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

Presentation at Chicago City Data Users Group

On May 3rd, Hyunyou Choi and Yingting Guan gave a presentation about Reading Chicago Reading at the Chicago City Data Users Group. This is a Meetup group for end users, business users, enthusiasts, students, entrepreneurs, anyone interested in how to use city data to create positive social impacts on the city.

On the presentation, they explained the goals of the project, its data sources, and the data mining techniques what we used. They demonstrated an updated version of our “Exploring Circulation Data” app:

This visualization allows users to select branch library, see its location … Read more

Digital Collections As Data

Ana Lucic, Digital Scholarship Librarian at DePaul and co-PI, writes:

Historically, circulation data and the demographic characteristics of library branch patrons have been used to analyze reading patterns and behaviors of different audiences. To date, our “Reading Chicago Reading” project has taken advantage of the circulation data we received from the Chicago Public Library and from the American Community Survey to shed light on the reception of different OBOC selections throughout diverse Chicago neighborhoods. See e.g. our earlier post.

We are also interested in the text … Read more

“The Book Is Just The Beginning” – Part 1

The “One Book One Chicago” (OBOC) program has evolved since the fall of 2001, expanding and diversifying its programming around the city. As noted in an earlier post, reading the chosen OBOC book is only one kind of participation in the larger social space of engagement with literary culture.

Archiving Chicago Public Library’s One Book materials, English graduate student Mihaela Stoica has documented the great variety of OBOC-related events of the past several seasons. The main branch of the CPL holds physical files for previous OBOC seasons, with information on programming… Read more

Exploring Circulation Data

Thanks to the work of graduate student Hyunyou Choi, our circulation strip-chart tool has now been made interactive. This tool allows for the interactive visualization of the circulation patterns of the various “One Book, One Chicago” selections across different clusters of library branches and to highlight individual branches.

See below for an example. Follow this link to try it yourself: https://hyunyouchoi.shinyapps.io/BookCirculation_HY/

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