30 for 30 - Human library project

Library_350The 3M Council is launching a number of dynamic activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the Fellowship, which will be held during this year’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference in London, Ontario. Since our own Fellows are our greatest resource, we want to harness their passion for higher education with a “human library” project. This project – which will run throughout the STLHE conference – is designed to be engaging, inspiring, and interactive in order to showcase the innovative educational leadership projects our members engage in at their own institutions, across Canada, and on a global stage.

The idea of the “human library” is not a new one: a number of major public libraries have run versions of this program, including those in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. The concept is to facilitate conversations and discussions with individuals in real time. A patron can “check out” a human library participant by approaching them for a “loan period” and ask questions, spark discussion, and interact with their human “book.” This year we are inviting 30 3M Fellows to participate by offering one 30-minute loan period in the main meeting area of the conference. The “books” on loan for the day will be posted at the meeting area, and each day’s conference update will also list those who will be available for a chat during that day’s conference. We hope that many conference delegates and other 3M Fellows will take an opportunity to visit the human library and check out one of our Fellows. We couldn’t think of a better way to showcase all that the Fellowship has to offer than with our own Fellows “in action.”

If you would like to volunteer for a 30-minute session during the STLHE conference, please contact the chair of the organizing committee for our 30th anniversary, Elizabeth Wells

STLHE 2016 Schedule

June 22, 2016

  • 1:45 pm – Srini Sampalli (Dalhousie Univ. – Computer Science)
  • 2:45 – David Blades (Univ of Victoria – Curriculum & Instruction)
  • 4:15 – Lisa Dickson (UNBC – English)

June 23, 2016

  • 10:00 am – Jacqueline Murray (Univ Guelph – History) & Alastair Summerlee (Univ, of Guelph, Biomedical Science)
  • 10:30 – Maureen Connolly (Brock Univ – Kinesiology)
  • 11:00 Jin-Sun Yoon (Univ of Victoria – School of Child and Youth Care)
  • 11:30 Pat Mahar (Cape Breton Univ. – Chemistry)
  • 12:00 Bruce Wainman (McMaster Univ. – Pathology and Molecular Medicine)
  • 1:00 pm – Ron Marken (Univ. of Saskatchewan – English)
  • 1:30 – Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s Univ. – English)
  • 2:00 Rosemary Polegato (Mount Allison Univ. – Business)
  • 2:30 Ken MacMillan (Univ. of Calgary – History)
  • 3:00 Jon White (Univ. of Alberta – Surgery)
  • 3:30 Mark Goldszmidt (Western Univ. – Medicine and Dentistry)

June 24, 2016

  • 10:00 am – Shannon Murray (Univ. of Prince Edward Island – English)
  • 10:30 – Elizabeth Wells (Mount Allison Univ. – Music)