Calling all staff and students with an interesting life story to tell!
The Griffith University library is gearing up for its second annual Human Library event on 21 March 2018 and we want you!
If you missed last year’s Human Library, you might be wondering… what exactly is a Human Library? Human Libraries are part of a global movement to break down social barriers, and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation. We believe we can help spark social change through encouraging positive conversations with people who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak with each other.
How does the Human Library work?
In a Human Library, readers borrow people instead of books. If you sign up as a human book in our Griffith University Human Library, you can expect to be loaned out up to three times during the two-hour event. The loan period is for approximately 20 minutes, giving you enough time to share your story, answer questions from your borrower and engage in positive and real conversation.
We will provide a safe, conversational space for our books and readers with the aim to create a positive experience for all involved.
Who can be a human book?
Human books are often people who have faced discrimination and prejudice in their life as a result of occupation, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, cultural background, health, social status, lifestyle or disability.
Our selection of books in last year’s Human Library included a homeless person, a refugee, an adopted person, a widow, a Muslim woman, a Muslim man / prisoner of war, a lesbian, a gay male, a Maori, an Indigenous person, a woman in IT, a veteran and assistance dog, an author, a person with tattoos and a person with dreadlocks.
How do I register as a human book?
If you are willing to give people insight into your life with stigma, discrimination or prejudice in the hope to create a more tolerant and understanding community, we’d love to hear from you!
Want to see a Human Library in action?
The 2017 Griffith University Human Library was a huge success with 20 human books loaned out to borrowers. Check out our wrap-up of last year’s Human Library event.
Researchers from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) have discovered a cell receptor which could be a key contributing factor to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
And we have the lead researchers presenting their findings at our upcoming Friends of the Library event on 10 August.
Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines discuss their groundbreaking research, as well as immunological, cell signalling and genetic features in CFS patients.
They will also talk about the challenges with CFS diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatments.
CFS is a debilitating disorder characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest. It can also be referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
Around 400,000 Australians are believed to be affected by CFS, many of whom are house bound or bed bound.
Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters.
It’s an event not to be missed! Register now.
Friends of the Library membership
You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. A Friends of the Library membership includes:
- Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
- Friends-only cocktail receptions
- Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
- Friends of the Library e-newsletter
- Discount on University Library borrowing
- 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription
Presentation on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
10 August 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Leneen Forde Chancellery (G34)
Gold Coast campus
Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017 and it was a huge success!
Human Library is a worldwide movement promoting equity and diversity. It is about providing a safe space and building a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.
People get labelled, it is about taking those labels, tearing them apart and hearing the story behind the person. It is about having open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.
We provided 20 Human Books to borrow, all with different ‘labels’, from Activist and Adopted to Muslim and Refugee. Readers were able to borrow a book for a 15-minute slot. They asked questions, and listened, recognising that the Human Book is not just a label, but they had a story to tell. They are so much more.
We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.
We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.
Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to confront stereotypes and discrimination.
One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.
Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!
The Reading List Service is celebrating it’s first anniversary and Semester 1, 2016 updates and new digitisation requests have been completed!
You’re invited to our next event.
While our public and institutional libraries differ in purpose and specialisation, common to all libraries is the endeavour to create user-friendly places.
Panellists will share their experiences in designing various Queensland libraries, where the spatial environment as well as cultural, social, pedagogical, organisational strategies are geared to facilitate socialisation and learning.
Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and panellists.
Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.
The Open for Collaboration seminar will feature leading Queensland academics who have embraced open access to achieve wide dissemination, impact for their research, and to develop collaborations.