Alanna speaks with teacher-librarian Jonelle St. Aubyn and Leigh Cassel, founder and Chief Curation Officer of The Digital Human Library (https://www.digitalhumanlibrary.com/). Human libraries really help unlikely relationships to occur and they bring an authenticity to the experience that might otherwise be missing from another form of reading. Whether expertise in a particular topic, or a defining life experience, Jonelle and Leigh agree that the connections made with their human libraries are great catalysts for student inquiry from K - 12. Shoutouts to the Geneva model of Human Library https://humanlibrary.org/, Royal Tyrrell Museum, 49th Shelf and Burt Bacharach.If you liked this episode, check out our earlier podcasts with Jonelle:Episode 4a: Jonelle’s paper about her experience creating a human library https://voiced.ca/podcast_episode_post/ep-04a-title-paper-the-human-library-at-the-louise-arbour-secondary-school-library-learning-commons/ Episode 4b: Our interview with Jonelle about the experiencehttps://voiced.ca/podcast_episode_post/ep-04b-interview-read-into-making-a-human-library-with-jonelle-st-aubyn/
Jonelle and Alanna talk about the paper, finding humans willing to be books, breaking down stigma for marginalised peoples, diversifying curriculum, and creating comfort for challenging conversations. Shoutouts to Melanie Mulcaster and Jael Richardson for support and inspiration.