Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Swedish library launches 'borrow a person'

Swedish library launches 'borrow a person' - This is just too weird...

The Malmoe Library is loaning people to patrons with the idea that this will allow people to engage in conversations with people they might not have normally talked too.

OK, but where do you stick the barcode? Also, what if the patron refuses to return the person? How high would the overdue fines be? And how the heck do you get this into the catalog?

Sorry, I am not going to recommend this idea for my library.

From the site:

If you're one of those people who thinks all lesbians are sexually frustrated or all animal rights activists aggressive, then a Swedish library project that allows you to "borrow" a real live human being rather than a book may provide some useful insight.

The Living Library project will enable people to come face-to-face with their prejudices in the hopes of altering their preconceived notions, Ulla Brohed of the Malmoe Library in southern Sweden told AFP.

"You sometimes hear people's prejudices and you realize that they are just uninformed," she said.

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