What is a Living Library? Based on the Human Library, a Living Library is an event full of meaningful conversations that break through the expectations and labels we place on others. Instead of getting information from a printed book, attendees are invited to have one-on-one conversations with real people (“Human Books”) with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to learn more about people and ideas different from their own. This special event is a collaboration between UNMC's McGoogan Library and UNO Libraries.
We are currently accepting proposals for Human Books. Is your life a compelling story? Has something interesting happened to you? Do you want to smash a stereotype? UNO/UNMC students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to apply! We are especially seeking proposals from people with strong ties to organizations and groups on the campuses. Submit a proposal for yourself or nominate someone you know.
- Comfortable speaking in front of people
- Willingness to discuss your life's experiences and those similar to yours
- Open to meaningful, heartfelt conversations with strangers
- January 21, 2022- Deadline for proposals
- February 4, 2022- Selected books will be notified (interviews to help shape your story for the event will be scheduled throughout the month of February)
- March 24, 2022 – Living Library at UNMC's McGoogan Library from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. (books are asked to attend a training session, which begins at 10 A.M.)
- April 7, 2022- Living Library at UNO's Community Engagement Center from 4 to 7 P.M. (books are asked to attend a training session, which begins at 3 P.M.)
Treat the Human Books with care and respect! You are responsible for preserving the condition of the book. Do not damage, tear out or bend pages, or hurt its dignity in any way.
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Unless otherwise clearly stated, any views or opinions expressed as part of events, exhibitors, or presenters in the UNO Libraries (Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and the KANEKO-UNO Library) should not be viewed as endorsements by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and do not reflect the official position of UNO or the University of Nebraska system.