October 25th, 2020

U of L celebrates International Education Week with ‘Living Library’

By Kalinowski, Tim on November 21, 2019.

University of Lethbridge student Xiaorong Qian shares stories about her home country, China, as part of the universitys Living Library event to celebrate International Education Week, Wednesday morning. Herald photo by Greg Bobinec @GBobinecHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


To mark and celebrate International Education Week, the University of Lethbridge library hosted its annual “Living Library” event on Wednesday.

“What the Living Library is instead of borrowing a book, you go and talk to a person,” explained event organizer Nanda Stannard, who works as a library operations specialist on campus. “There are 11 countries represented today in this event. We have international students who are volunteering their time, and you can learn about their countries in a relaxed atmosphere. Intercultural learning will happen right here. Our university, it very diverse and we have many international students. This is one of the many ways the library is trying to enhance the students’ experience on campus.”

The Living Library is also an opportunity for students from Canada and their international counterparts to meet in a context of cultural learning and understanding, said Stannard. She has witnessed the friendships which have developed as a result of these valuable interactions over the past six years.

“We can provide an international perspective for our students; especially for students who haven’t yet had an opportunity to travel outside of Canada,” Stannard confirmed. “It helps broaden those students’ perspectives about the world around them … You break down those barriers when you have one-on-one communication. And it creates personal connections among the students which go beyond international boundaries.”

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