2014 International Forum on Human Library Development for ASEAN++ Project

Rationale & Importance

The first human library development was done by Ronni Abergel and others in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000. The main purposes were to stop violence and to reduce conflicts in the society by means of creating good or better understanding among people and groups of people through friendly conversation activities. The outcomes from those events could be said that most participants were satisfied with the meaningfulness or the advantages they obtained. Originally, the term “living library” was used but it was changed into “human library” later and it has been recognized more and more up to these days.

Nowadays, human library development has been being done more respectively and widely in other countries in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. The purposes of setting up human libraries in those countries were mostly similar to the ones in Denmark but some have mainly focused on providing readers with representatives of occupations as several occupational books as possible. One of the strong points of a human library is that readers can listen, talk, ask and get answers suddenly from books who are open-minded and service-minded people. Information on human library development can be seen in http://www.humanlibrary.org which has been disseminated continuously for years.

In Thailand, human library was firstly set up in Office of Academic Resources and Information Technology (OARIT), Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI) Nakhon Ratchasima Province, on May 25, 2010. Since then, 25 human library events have been done and in terms of outcomes, most participants indicated that they were very satisfied with the advantages they obtained, that is, knowledge, understanding, ideas, experiences and inspiration. Besides, Thailand Human Library Network has been established since 2011 in OARIT during the national workshop seminar on developing human library network for Thailand.
According to the status of RMUTI’s leading university on developing human library in Thailand and the missions on dealing with academic contribution to community, society and the country, as well as the preparation to enter ASEAN Community in 2015, OARIT has to propose this project which includes interesting topics as follows.
1) The Keynote Speaker
2) Setting Human Library: Importance, Procedure, Output & Outcomes
3) The Development of a Human Library Model: An R&D Study
4) The Symposium: Human Library Experiences Learned from Countries
5) Human Library Demonstration & Human Library Events

Purposes
1. To let participants exchange knowledge, experiences and good practice from presentations and symposium presented by leading visiting lecturers or speakers on human library development
2. To let participants gain awareness on significance of human library development in institutions
3. To be the stage for university chairpersons and committee, university or educational institution administrators and personnel, library administrators and staff, and interested people to discuss and exchange ideas and perspectives on developing human library in universities or educational institutions as a new strategic for creating sustainable learning culture, learning community and learning societies

Participants
University chairpersons and committee, university or educational institution administrators and personnel, library administrators and staff, and interested people (around 70-100 people)

Speakers

  • Prof.Dr.Prasart Suebkha, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
  • Mr.Ronni Abergel, Human Library Organization, Denmark
  • Ms Sally de Kunst, Human Library at Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, Switzerland
  • Delegates ASEAN Countries and others
  • Asst.Prof.Dr.Khongsak Sangkhamanon, Nakhon Ratchasima College, Thailand
  • Asst.Prof.Thanyaphak Sangkhamanon, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Thailand and Thailand Human Library Network
  • Asst.Prof.Dr.Pornthipha Damnern, Buriram Rajabhat University, Thailand
  • Asst.Prof.Warangkhna Krui-rungrot, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Thailand
  • Ms Amornrat Na-kharo, Phuket Rajabhat University, Thailand
  • Ms Piyawan Khusin, Phetburi Rajabhat University, Thailand
  • Ms Rabiab Jantha, Nonthai Khuru-uppatham School, Thailand

Date & Venue
Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 January 2014
at Emerald-Isan Conference Room, Floor 5, Building 12C, Office of Academic Resources and Information Technology (OARIT), Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI), 744 Suranarai Road, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand

Project Authority
Office of Academic Resources and Information Technology (OARIT), Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI), Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, under supporting from Denmark Human Library Organization, Thailand Ministry of Education, Higher Education Commission, Suranaree University of Technology and Nakhon Ratchasima Municipality.

Registration Fees(Within 23/12/13) – Online Registration

  1. Thai participant: 600 baht Foreigner participant: 25 USD
  2. Thai student: 300 baht Foreigner student: 15 USD