“Books” in Living Library shine light on research

Dale Spencer, assistant professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, and Kyla Reid, research facilitator for the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA), will be sharing their experiences and research as part of the Living Books event during FPA Research Month. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

Instead of picking up a book, members of the Carleton community will have a chance to learn more about a topic by interacting with people who have first-hand experience and knowledge.

On March 16, the Living Library event will be back for its second year as part of the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) Research Month.

The popular event – which is similar to the Ottawa Public Library’s human library event –includes a variety of “living books” who will talk about their area of expertise to participants who want to learn more.

Dale Spencer, assistant professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, will speak on his topic Conducting Qualitative Research with Marginalized Populations.

He will discuss his research that focuses on populations such as the homeless, street youth and victims of crime.

“My work is organized around populations that don’t necessarily get to speak on behalf of themselves,” Spencer says. “I’m trying to offer them a voice that would otherwise not be available to them.”

Frances Abele, professor of Public Policy and Administration and academic director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, will also take part and will talk about her research about indigenous people.

Abele will focus her discussion on her research in the north, working with the Dene Inuit.

She wanted to participate in the Living Library because she thought it was a great concept.

“The concept always appealed to me,” she says. “And, it’s a way of getting to know colleagues at the university that I wouldn’t otherwise meet.”

Karen Schwartz, associate dean of Research and Graduate Affairs, will be talking about community-based research as a methodology to work to reduce poverty.

“I am involved in a large research project that is exploring the benefits to community of being engaged with the university,” she says. “We have identified various models of community campus engagement, while at the same time, engaging in research with the goal of reducing poverty.”

Schwartz adds that she wanted to be involved as a living book because she felt it was a great opportunity for members of the Carleton community to learn more about research happening on campus.

“It is a unique opportunity to engage in conversation and ask probing questions about a professor’s research,” she says.

Kyla Reid, research facilitator for the FPA, will be talking about her experiences in non-academic careers.

Reid, who has a PhD in philosophy, works full time in the dean’s office and helps researchers apply for grants.

She will be talking about what career options are available for graduate students who have a social science or humanities background.

“(I wanted to participate because) I thought it would provide some diversity of perspectives,” she says. “The Living Library offers diverse perspectives, and allows for informal conversation. I felt my experiences would be different, and interesting to grad students and faculty.”

Reid also says the event is beneficial to both participants and those who are the living books.

“The Living Library is meant to be interactive, fun and valuable to both the ‘books’ and ‘reader,’” she says. “The point is to interact with someone who you wouldn’t normally interact with on a daily basis.”

For more information, please visit: http://carleton.ca/fpa/cu-events/living-books/.

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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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