Sunday, May 17, 2015

Augustana human library

I have previously mentioned an iniative at the Augustana Library, University of Alberta, Canada: the human library. This consists of events where "people who have experienced prejudice or stereotyping in life" are invited to become human books; to come into the library in a relaxed coffee-chat environment, to tell their story and help their "readers" understand their stories. This is part of the information literacy programme at Augustana. I just noticed that there is a paper on this:
Goebel, Nancy. (2011). Fags, blacks and Hutterites: Challenging Prejudice and Stereotypes with the augustana human library. In Dawn W. Mueller (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2011 Conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries. Philadelphia, PA: Association of College and Research Libraries.
Photo by Sheila Webber: white lilac, May 2015

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