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Library Human Library

“There is a part of direct human interaction that can never be replaced by text”

Bringing student learning to life: A faculty/librarian partnership through the Human Library, 2016, University of Alberta

The Human Library® at DiMenna-Nyselius Library can offer courses an experiential learning opportunity. The dialogue between human books and readers builds a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices. Our hope is that this interactive learning experience can help foster a culture of empathy and respect within the Fairfield University community.

If you’re interested in incorporating The Human Library into your course, please email Barbara Ghilardi, Assessment Librarian and Human Library co-chair, bghilardi@fairfield.edu

The 5th Annual Human Library will take place in November 2020.


The Human Library and Social Justice core courses

When the Human Library Event began at Fairfield in Fall 2016, an assessment was created in the form of a reflection for books and readers to complete after their conversations. This assessment is closely mapped to the Social Justice Learning Outcomes created for the Magis Core. Some of this data is on an infographic included in the CDI materials. Our goal is to have the Human Library act as another way students could experience social justice concepts they would encounter in SJ1, SJ2, SJ3 courses.

Consider making The Human Library part of a class assignment or extra credit opportunity. Possible assignment ideas are available and can be modified based on your course learning objectives. Students can attend as readers, or if they are interested in sharing their story, they can apply to be a book.


Books 2020