Fairfield University's 5th annual Human Library was possible this year (during a pandemic) not only thanks to our access to Zoom but to the nine wonderful volunteers from our campus who signed up as "human books" to share their real personal stories to challenge stereotypes and prejudices. These students, faculty, and staff told their stories to "readers" through a total of 35 one-on-one conversations where questions were encouraged. Each book had multiple conversations, and each were framed by a library staff member who moderated the Zoom sessions through brief introductory and closing remarks and placed books and readers into their private breakout Zoom rooms. Both books and readers took a reflection based on their overall conversations and experience and we present the assessment results below.
The Human Library ®, referred to as "a worldwide movement for social change", is an international movement that started in Denmark in 2000 and has since made its way through over 80 countries. The 5th annual Human Library at Fairfield University was created with the permission of the Human Library Organization and was organized by DiMenna-Nyselius Library with support from the Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Marketing & Communications Departments, Campus Ministry, Center for Social Impact, Counseling & Psychological Services, Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Athletics, and Student Affairs.
Thank you to the Fairfield University Mirror for covering the event!