Reading Chicago Reading, an ongoing collaboration between the DePaul University Library and Studio CHI, has been awarded a Catalyst Fund grant by LYRASIS. The Catalyst Fund is an annual award program managed by members of the LYRASIS Leaders Circle to support new projects, share professional expertise, and promote collaboration across the membership on “innovations with potential for community-wide impact.” With previous grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the HathiTrust Research Center, the Reading Chicago Reading team will employ the $24,352 Catalyst Fund grant to develop “data-intensive tools for modeling and visualizing the impact of community-wide reading initiatives,” e.g., Chicago Public Library’s One Book One Chicago program. Bringing the tools of data science and digital scholarship to the assessment of civic reading programs will provide new opportunities for public libraries (and their community-based partners, including museums and academic libraries) to assess the impact of their public programs across a diverse community and to use data to inform decisions about future programs.
The DePaul University Library joined the LYRASIS Leaders Circle in 2017 as part of its ongoing efforts to pursue new opportunities for resource sharing and professional development. The LYRASIS approach to developing resources and services across a diverse community of members, including academic libraries, public libraries, museums, and other collection-holding organizations, complements the approach DePaul has taken locally in its contributions to the leadership of Chicago Collections.
If you have any questions about digital scholarship services in the library or wish to discuss a potential project that might benefit from library engagement, please contact Ana Lucic, Digital Scholarship Librarian.