April 17, 2017

Congratulations OCC Librarian Allison McFadden-Keesling, 2017 Diversity Champion

The College Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) has selected Highland Lakes Faculty Librarian Allison McFadden-Keesling as the 2017 Diversity Champion!

Read all about it on the CCDI website and the OCC Spirit Blog.

Congratulations Allison!

March 30, 2017

Human Library Returns to the Highland Lakes Campus

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be deaf? What it is like to live with a mental illness? What it is like to be Muslim? The Highland Lakes Campus Diversity Committee and OCC Libraries will host the Human Library on Tuesday April 4 from 9am–1pm in the Student Center Arena. The Human Library event that allows “readers” to checkout volunteer “books” who represent multiple areas of diversity. Human Books represent a cross section of society that have been stereotyped. “Books” are not asked to be experts, but instead asked to be themselves and tell their story in response to questions asked by the “Reader”. This exercise allowed “Books” and “Readers” alike to meet people from other walks of life that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.

The Human Library was started in 2000 in Denmark to help break down barriers and end prejudice. The idea was simple: if you meet people from other walks of life, people different than yourself, they become real and no longer belong to a faceless group. Once people start talking and getting to know one another, it becomes harder to discriminate against others as we realize we are more similar than we are different. For more information, please go to www.humanlibrary.org.

On Tuesday April 4, at the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Student Center from 9am– 1pm, our Human Library will have 23 Human Book titles. Please come and check them out.

January 26, 2017

Celebrate Black History Month Through Reading


OCC Libraries in partnership with The OCC Diversity Committees are proud to participate in the 28th National African American Read-In on February 1-14, 2017.

OCC Students and employees are invited to hear readings or read a brief passage aloud from books written by African American authors. The goal of this event is to celebrate Black History Month and bring awareness about the contributions African Americans have made to the literary world.


Events will be held in the OCC Libraries:
Feb. 1 at Orchard Ridge from 11am-1pm
Feb. 6 at Auburn Hills from 12pm-1:30pm
Feb. 7 at Highland Lakes from 10am-1pm
Feb. 14 at Royal Oak from 11:30am-12:30pm


For more times information, contact your campus OCC Library or check out the flier.

November 1, 2016

Human Library at the Highland Lakes Student Center

Have you ever wondered about other religions?  Or what it is like to be deaf?  Or what it is like to be transgender? At the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Human Library on Wednesday November 9, 2016, the HL Campus Diversity Committee and OCC Libraries will host our eleventh Human Library event that allows “readers” to checkout volunteer “books” who represent multiple areas of diversity.  Human Books represent a cross section of society that have been stereotyped.  “Books” are not asked to be experts, but instead asked to be themselves and tell their story in response to questions asked by the “Reader”.  This exercise allowed “Books” and “Readers” alike to meet people from other walks of life that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.

The Human Library was started in 2000 in Denmark to help break down barriers and end prejudice.  The idea is simple: if you meet people from other walks of life, people different than yourself, they become real and no longer belong to a faceless group.  Once people start talking and getting to know one another, it becomes harder to discriminate against others as we realize we are more similar than we are different.  For more information, please go to www.humanlibrary.org .

On Wednesday November 9, at the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Student Center Arena from 10am – 2pm, our Human Library will have 25 Human Book titles.  Please come and check them out.

Allison McFadden-Keesling, Library Faculty