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Shanahan & Burke, Modeling Contemporary Reading Behavior at City-Scale: The ‘Reading Chicago Reading’ Project

John Shanahan
DePaul University

This presentation will be an overview of the “Reading Chicago Reading” project’s use of data associated with the “One Book One Chicago” (OBOC) program of the Chicago Public Library (CPL). We will discuss our use of four sources of data: (1) demographic data, such as census data and other aggregated information about city residents and patrons, (2) an archive of Chicago Public Library outreach events, (3) anonymized CPL book circulation transactions, and (4) full-text book content available through the HathiTrust Digital Library. We will also show results from modeling and visualizing these data sources.