Unshelving the Human Learning Library at Your Institution (WILU 2012)
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Poster presented at WILU 2012 with Sona Macnaughton at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta on May 24, 2012. ...

Poster presented at WILU 2012 with Sona Macnaughton at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta on May 24, 2012.

Abstract: Human Libraries are taking place all over the world as a means of bringing communities together to share diverse experiences and encourage understanding. At Red Deer College, librarians have discovered that using this event concept specifically as a professional development tool encourages dialogue and fosters growth and innovation in teaching and learning practices. This presentation will address the process librarians went through to organize and host this event, and the resulting benefits shared among teaching staff and student participants. Learn about how your own institution can encourage both instructors and students to take on the role of “living books” reflecting upon and sharing their teaching and learning strategies and inspiring their peers.

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    Unshelving the Human Learning Library at Your Institution (WILU 2012) Unshelving the Human Learning Library at Your Institution (WILU 2012) Presentation Transcript

    • Unshelving the Human Learning Library at Your Institution Robyn Hall & Sona Macnaughton | Red Deer College Introduction Planning The Event Recommendations At Red Deer College, librarians have discovered that using a “Human Library” event concept as a professional development tool encourages dialogue and fosters growth and innovation in teaching and learning practices. Used Google Docs to collaborate on event timeline and assigned tasks. Date: April 5, 2012 12-6 pm. Plan ahead: Start planning 4-6 months in advance. Recruitment & promotion take time. This poster addresses the process librarians went through to organize and host a “Human Learning Library” event, and the resulting benefits shared among teacher and student participants. Arranged for EUS to provide Education students with professional development certificates for participation. Collaborated with Education department and Education Undergraduate Society (EUS) to assess event feasibility and potential dates. Place: RDC Teaching Common, a space that integrates the Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Centre for Professional Development. Highlights:   Surveyed Education students and RDC faculty for interest, “Book” volunteers, and topic suggestions.  Human Learning Library event logo Learn about how your own institution can encourage both local teachers and students to take on the role of “living books” reflecting upon and sharing their teaching and learning strategies and inspiring their peers. Background Human Libraries began in Denmark in 2000 and have since spread worldwide. Human Libraries foster a broader understanding and appreciation of diversity and others’ lived realities. Events feature volunteer “Human Books” that anyone (“Readers”) can sign out to discuss the “Books” life experience. Created event website using LibGuides to provide a “one stop shop” for event information. Promotion  Event tagline: Real Educators | Real Conversations | Real Learning 13 “Human Books” “What’s in it for me?”: Ensure attendance by making the event part of a course requirement (for student) or professional development activity (for educators). 21 “Readers” (including 12 Education students) Participants’ diverse backgrounds included: Trades, Philosophy, Education, Librarianship, Physical Education, Drama, English, Social Work, and more… 30 minute “Readings” organically evolved into semi-structured one-on-one and small group discussions throughout the day. Timing is everything: Consult possible attendees when deciding on an event date. Bookmarks with icebreaker questions provided to help facilitate conversation Location, location, location: Use a flexible space where “Books” and “Readers” can gather for one-on-one and group discussions without interruption. Provide refreshments: Nothing brings people together like cookies and coffee. Promoted event through:  Library Twitter & Facebook  Library blog biblioTECH  faculty email list  posters on campus  Participants “reading” Get Real: Authentic Assessment by Geoff Parker (left) and Teaching in a Land Down Under by Bill Jacobsen (right) EUS Facebook page  Human Library (official website) human-library.org education class visits  References Red Deer Catholic and Public School email lists Feedback Feedback was gathered post-event from 15 respondents using SurveyMonkey. Poster placed around RDC campus to promote the event In 2010 and 2011, Red Deer College Librarians held two small events among teaching faculty and librarians respectively that used the Human Library concept as a teaching and learning professional development tool. “A Human what…?”: When promoting the event, be clear about what it entails and what is expected of participants. Having a website providing detailed information helps. much o o you s time t k Than ing the k of for ta this type g n reate nd thinki c . a vent the box .. e de outsi The Bookshelf On April 5, 2012 these initiatives culminated into the organization of a Human Learning Library that brought together nearly 3 dozen educators and students from the Red Deer area. I feel there needed to be a little more room for everybody. Image of whiteboard “bookshelf” used to indicate book availability to participants as they arrive I wish I had more time to take out all the books! I spent much more time at the event than I originally anticipated, because it was so interesting. e ositiv p was a g It g din ewar nce. Timin r e xperi vent was e e f the t... o ea ot gr n Grant MacEwan University Human Library Pilot Project Report humanlibrary.org/assets/files/HL%20Report% 20MacEwan%20University.pdf Acknowledgements Special thanks to Red Deer College’s Library, Centre for Teaching & Learning, Education Department, and the Education Undergraduate Society, as well as all attending “human books” and “readers” for making this event possible! Learn More RDC Human Library Guide rdc.libguides.com/humanlibrary