Libraries by the people, for the people : living libraries and their potential to enhance social justice

Stewart, Kristine N. and Richardson, Benjamin E. (2011) Libraries by the people, for the people : living libraries and their potential to enhance social justice. Information, society and justice journal, 4 (2). pp. 83-92. ISSN 1756-1078

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Abstract

This think piece examines the benefits of living libraries and how their implementation carries the potential to enhance concepts pertaining to social justice from both a local and global perspective. A living library, in its most rudimentary form, provides an opportunity for a patron to have a conversation with another human being based on that person’s life experience. In this context, the person relating their life experience is considered a living book. Living libraries have the ability to become a reference service that provides multiple viewpoints on complex issues. They benefit the user by offering both an intellectual and emotional experience. In practice, the living library can enhance an understanding of various worldviews by disparaging stereotypes and engaging community conversations that give rise to an awareness of human dignity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, society and justice journal; library; libraries for the people; living libraries; social justice
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 020 Library & information sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 13:25
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015 13:25
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/116

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