Human Library Organisers put the methodology into practice by planning, delivering and evaluating events that challenge prejudice, stigma and discrimination.
The Human Library generates instant appeal and is a practical way to engage the public with big issues such as equality, diversity and human rights. We know that Human Library Organisers may not always be motivated by these reasons but everyone who wishes to organise an event must understand and support the principles behind the methodology if they wish to use it.
Organising a Human Library is one of the greatest things you may be ever do. It involves a considerable amount of effort and requires careful planning, preparation and evaluation. And although the amount and complexity of the work should not be underestimated, the results for you and your community are so positive it makes all the effort more than worthwhile.
Organisers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Successful events have been organised by equality and diversity professionals and people working in related fields, community, social and youth workers, librarians and public and voluntary sector workers. They have also been organised by artists and volunteers. Whatever your background, as long as you are motivated by the desire to challenge prejudice you can organise a Human Library.
The global nature of the Human Library means that by becoming an Organiser you become part of a much bigger effort to challenge prejudice across the world. We ask all Organisers to share our values, respect the principles of our methodology, and help us to maintain the integrity of the movement.
Organisers are expected to support and understand our methodology and not to compromise, adapt or alter the Human Library to suit their needs, or the needs of another organisation or campaign. The Human Library is not merely a mechanism to facilitate conversations it is amethodology: a specific approach to promoting equality and diversity and challenging prejudice and discrimination. It is built upon principles of choice and inclusion, and aims solely to challenge prejudice, stigma and discrimination. If an Organiser begins their journey without understanding the methodology they are in danger of undermining the work of many people all over the world, many of whom experience discrimination everyday.