The Living Library

First of all it is so cool to see librarians networking on LinkedIn!

Second, I love the idea of checking people out at the library.

Isn’t there someone you’ve always wanted to talk to? To ask a million questions? I know I had a chance to speak with a homeless patron a few years ago at our Staff Training Day and he opened my eyes to the plight of the homeless (many of them choose to be homeless). I can think of dozens of people I’d like to interview.

living library in the U.K., originally uploaded by a-birdie.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. I’d love this, too, Lori! I’m not sure what would be more interesting–to check out someone or to be checked out of the library!
    Why are we not doing this? Let’s get it rolling? What better way to celebrate our community?!

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