Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Reading, writing, publishing and literacy

This report summarizes almost three years of research into the human resource situation of Canadian libraries, including a literature review, telephone interviews, focus group sessions, a mail-in survey of 461 library administrators and managers, and an internet survey of over 2,200 librarians and 2,000 paraprofessionals.
Based on a literature review, a survey of 28 library authorities and case studies, this British report argues that public libraries are important factors in the "community-driven knowledge economy" as well as local economic and social vitality.
National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth
This article in Statistics Canada's Daily compares the reading ability of 8 and 9 year-olds with their literacy skills 10 years later (at age 18 or 19). The main finding of the report is that early reading skills have an impact on literacy skills later in life, regardless of the child's background.
presentation to Association of Cultural Executives
This two-part presentation examines research findings related to: 1) arts attendance and cultural participation in Canada; and 2) artists in Canada. Knowing nothing else about someone, what one question (not about books) would you ask them in order to guess whether they had read a book in the past year? The presentation also examines crossover attendance data related to the performing arts and art galleries in Canada.
Catalogue no. 87F0004XIE
This is the first release of a redesigned survey of book publishers, highlighting data from 2004. Total revenues were $2.2 billion for all 330 publishers in 2004, while total expenses amounted to $1.9 billion. Before-tax profits were $235 million, or 10.9% of total revenues.
This study finds that "people who do not have access to computers … have significantly lower literacy skills than computer users". In addition, "people who used computers, and had higher literacy rates, were far more likely to have higher incomes".
This report provides a detailed examination of the results of Canadian adults with regard to their "prose", "document", "numeracy" and "problem-solving" skills in 2003.
Prepared on behalf of Statistics Canada, this report by two University of Ottawa economists makes a statistical link between literacy and per capita income levels in Canadian provinces.
This report highlights the "clear association between literacy and earnings", based on a 2003 survey of the literacy skills of 23,000 Canadian adults. Overall, "Canadians with lower levels of literacy have lower rates of employment and lower earnings".
This Ontario report provides the first Canadian results showing a link between trained library staff and students’ reading enjoyment and achievement.