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John Jackson

Loyola Marymount Univeristy
Head, Outreach & Communications
John Jackson is the Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library where he leads the library's efforts in reaching and serving all of its diverse user populations through programming, exhibitions, marketing, publications, and orientations.

Creating Spaces for Meaningful Dialogue: The Human Library at Three Universities (click link for video)
Creating Spaces for Meaningful Dialogue: The Human Library at Three Universities (click link for jpeg)

The Human Library® is an event designed to create a safe and brave space for individuals to discover and share social identities and perspectives unfamiliar to their lived experience. The DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University, Loyola University Libraries at Loyola University Chicago, and William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University each hosts a unique version of the Human Library event. In this poster, the authors give a brief overview of the Human Library and outline how they orchestrate meaningful dialogue on campus: starting with planning and collaborations with campus partners; facilitating individuals to connect at the event to hear each other’s personal stories to break down stereotypes and prejudice; and then wrapping up the experience with an opportunity for reflection (i.e. assessment). It will also illustrate how the event is especially relevant for a Jesuit academic community, emphasizing the value of Cura Personalis for all participants as well as providing a potential framework for beginning conversations on social justice.

Poster session contributors:
DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University
Barbara Ghilardi, Assessment Librarian bghilardi@fairfield.edu
Lisa Thornell, Student Engagement & Outreach Librarian lthornell@fairfield.edu

Loyola University Libraries, Loyola University Chicago
Annette Alvarado, Research & Learning Librarian, aalvarado2@luc.edu
Susan Wardzala, Librarian for Social Work and Criminal Justice, swardza@luc.edu

William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications, john.jackson@lmu.edu