Face-to-face matters: Inspirations from the human library

Corey Jackson, Yun Huang, Abby S. Kasowitz-Scheer

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This study describes new features for a mobile application designed to initiate face-to-face communication. While many mobile applications are designed to facilitate digitally mediated relationships (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) between previously known parties, systems focused on initiating face-to-face communication are less popular. The authors' mobile application takes inspiration from a Human Library event where participants come together to share stories with previously unknown persons. Through survey and interviews the authors describe new features of a mobile application to mediate face-to-face meetups. In the next phase of research the authors plan to implement those features and conduct additional user studies on our mobile application with the goal of increasing adoption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-54
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Communication
  • Face-to-face communication
  • Human library
  • Mobile application development
  • Unknown persons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction


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