Information for Human Library Readers
We would like this to be a positive, exciting and valuable experience for both you and the human books. The human books available for you to “check out” are volunteers are very excited about being “borrowed” by you. We hope that you are excited to be checking them out.
IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR READERS
Behave respectfully towards the books and other readers, even if your own opinions, beliefs or view of life are not the same. The Human Library is based on mutual respect.
Please arrive a few minutes earlier than your scheduled time. If you arrive late we cannot guarantee that your spot will still be available.
Please turn off cell phones.
The human books are here to voluntarily share their own experiences. They cannot offer advice.
The human books welcome your questions.
Please be respectful of the books
If you feel uncomfortable during a conversation with a human book, you can:
Steer the conversation back to a more comfortable discussion
Ask for assistance from staff
End the conversation & inform staff
Do not hesitate to ask library staff for assistance at any time.
TIPS FOR READERS
Libraries all over the world have been offering the award-winning Human Library program to their public. Readers have participated in the program in various ways. They have done so to -
Stepped outside their comfort zone and challenged themselves by talking to a human book whose experiences or beliefs are different from their own
Talk to a book
That they can relate to
Out of curiosity
To step into someone else’s shoes
Why did you volunteer to be a book?
Do you know others who share your experience?
How to Cite a Human Book
APA 6th Style:
No personal communication is included in your reference list; instead, parenthetically cite the communicator's name, the phrase "personal communication," and the date of the communication in your main text only.
(E. Robbins, personal communication, January 4, 2001).
A. P. Smith also claimed that many of her students had difficulties with APA style (personal communication, November 3, 2002).
MLA 8th Style:
Personal interviews refer to those interviews that you conduct yourself. List the interview by the name of the interviewee. Include the descriptor Personal interview and the date of the interview.
Example: Smith, Jane. Personal interview. 19 May 2014.
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