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Media Release
Release Date: March 2, 2015

Whether it's accounting, marketing, mechanical engineering, human resources or financial management, construction trades or public relations, it's always better to learn about a career from someone who's currently working in the profession.

On Wednesday, March 4, the Camosun Library, in co-ordination with the Co-op Education and Student Employment office, is offering a Living Library event featuring human or "living" books in various employment fields relevant to programs offered at the college's Interurban campus, like business administration, engineering, technologies, trades, sport and recreation, marketing, finance and more.

"A living or human library is an event where students and alumni can sign out real people, for 15 minutes, who are able to communicate about their career or industry," says Sybil Harrison Director of Learning Services. "Rather than reading, students can talk with the living book face to face, and learn from their story."

Living Libraries first began in Denmark in 2000, with the "Human Library Project." The concept has since spread around the world.

"Camosun started its first Living Library event five years ago and today is one of the only post-secondary organizations nationally using the Living Library concept to assist students and alumni for career readiness," says Kathryn Le Gros, Director Campus Community Services.

More than 20 of the 31 human books available to talk to students at the event are successful Camosun alumni.

If you are a Camosun College student or alumnus and interested in learning about different careers, if you're curious about successful job paths, or just like to meet people for advice, then register now for the next Living Library event, set for Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm in the Camosun Interurban campus Library or find out more by visiting:


Danella Parks
Interim Manager, Co-operative Education and Student Employment

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Last updated: September 23, 2015 5:13 pm

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