Encountering Ourselves through the Human Library Jackie Kremer and Barbara Ghilardi, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University

Why Fairfield? Why Now?

Reader: Honestly, I wish I could carry her story around in my backpack forever. Her story was extremely relatable and crafted in a way that was thought provoking, genuine and authentic.
Reader: I will definitely be coming back tomorrow to listen to more. The other people who were reading with me seemed like they greatly benefited and were highly engaged as well. I LOVED THIS EVENT!

Human Library @ a Glance!

  • Held on Wednesday Nov. 9th from 2-5pm and Thursday Nov. 10th from 5-8pm.
  • Over 400 students attended as “Readers” over the 2 day event.
  • 43 students, faculty and staff graciously shared their stories as “Books”.
  • Sponsored by Library, the Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Center for Faith and Public Life, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

43 Human Books

Volunteers: 67% undergrads, 19% staff, 12% grads, 2% faculty

Gender: 63% female, 35% male

Book: Through my conversations, I realized how other students have been affected by similar experiences as well, and that I am not alone.

Book Assessment

In your own words, please tell us what was the impact of your conversation(s)? What is your most important take-away?

98% of the “books” agreed or strongly agreed that “Through my conversation(s), I learned something new about myself that surprised me.

Over 400 Readers

Attendees: 91% undergrads, 4% grads, 2% faculty

Gender: 58% female, 40% male

Reader: My conversation was a lot deeper than I expected. My human book shared with us her personal feelings and being stereotyped her whole life. It changed my feelings on the matter and made me personally understand better what she went through growing up.

Readers Assessment

In your own words, please tell us what was the impact of your conversation(s)? What is your most important take-away?

97% of the “readers” agreed or strongly agreed that “Through my conversation(s), my eyes were opened to someone’s experiences that I was unaware of before.”

Reader: I listened to Jorge talk about his experience in the navy. He is in my philosophy class, and this whole semester I had no idea that he had such an incredible past.

Takeaways

Book recruitment

Campus partners are key

Multiple types of marketing

Length of the event

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