Thank You


The Conference Planning Committee would like to thank Christina Fuller-Gregory, the attendees, all the presenters, and our sponsors for participating in this year's event! We hope everyone enjoyed the sessions and learned something new!

If you missed any of this year's sessions or would like to watch any of them again they can be viewed here.

Have a great year and we hope to see you again at the 2023 conference!


Conference Registration Closed


The conference will begin on Wednesday, May 11, at 8:50 AM. We are excited to host another informative and interesting event this year. We will have opening remarks starting at 8:55 AM and our Keynote Speaker, Christina Fuller-Gregory will begin at 9:00 AM. We look forward to her session as well as all the presentations we are featuring this week!

If you have any questions pertaining to conference please reach out to the planning committee at paraprofes@ecu.edu

The committee looks forward to seeing everyone at the event!


2022 Conference Schedule At-A-Glance


The committee would like to thank all the Presenters for their participation in this year's conference!

Wednesday, May 11

  • Wednesday, 8:50 AM
    Opening Remarks: Jan Lewis (she/her/hers)
    Director, Academic Library Services, East Carolina University

  • Wednesday, 9:00 AM
    Keynote: Christina Fuller-Gregory (she/her/hers)
    A.D. of Library Services, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
    Co-chair of the Public Library Association Task Force, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

  • Wednesday, 10:00 AM
    Flipping the Script - The Importance of Academic Library Mentorship for New Librarians and Those Thinking of Attending Library School

  • Wednesday, 11:00 AM
    Connect with REMCo

  • Wednesday, 12:00 PM
    Lunch Break

  • Wednesday, 1:00 PM
    Beyond Sacred Stacks: interactive wellness initiatives in open academic and medical library spaces...

  • Wednesday, 2:00 PM
    Using Award-Winning Children’s Books to Create Welcoming and Inclusive Library Collections

  • Wednesday, 3:00 PM
    NC Library Paraprofessional Association Meet and Greet

Thursday, May 12

  • Thursday, 9:00 AM
    Respectful Metadata

  • Thursday, 10:00 AM
    "I don't want to say the wrong thing." Gender Expression and Public Facing Library Staff

  • Thursday, 11:00 AM
    Supporting Neurodiverse College Student Success: A Guide for Librarians, Student Support Services, and Academic Learning Environments

  • Thursday, 12:00 PM
    A Conversation with DEI Librarians: What We Learned

  • Thursday, Following the Last Session
    Conference Wrap Up & Door Prizes

Poster Session

  • Growing Your Own: Creating Diversity Through Hiring and Mentoring Practices


We are Excited to Announce that Christina Fuller-Gregory is our Keynote Speaker for the 2022 Conference!


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Christina Fuller-Gregory (she/her/hers) is a librarian, maker, and experienced Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice practitioner. Her practice includes working with libraries to develop individualized approaches to building an EDISJ framework, policy development, and governance. She is also the principal consultant at Fuller Potential Consulting.

Christina is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) and of the Public Library Association (PLA). A 2017 ALA Emerging Leader, she currently serves as program facilitator for the Emerging Leaders program. She has also served as co- chair of the Public Library Associations (PLA) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Committee (PLA EDISJ). Most recently, Christina began serving on the advisory groups for the New Face of Library Makerspaces and for Library Journal’s Equity in Action Series.

Led by Fannie Lou Hamer’s belief that ‘Nobody’s free until everybody’s free,’ Christina's work is driven by a desire to see Libraries develop strategies for weaving equity, diversity, and inclusion into the very fabric of their organizations. In recognition of her advocacy work in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice, Christina was named as a 2021 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.


2022 Virtual Presentation Proposals


The planning committee would like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal for this year's conference. A large part of the success of the annual event is due to the talented presenters we have been able to showcase over the years. We are currently reviewing the submissions and will be contacting everyone who submitted a presentation with our final decisions very soon.


About the Paraprofessional Conference


The annual Paraprofessional Conference is a multi-day event that includes presentations and training. The conference gives staff the opportunity to attend sessions on a variety of topics. Presenters come from a wide array of institutions. The goal of the conference is to provide guidance and information that will allow paraprofessionals to bring constructive change to their home institutions.

The 2022 conference will be held on May 11-12. This event is geared towards school, public, and academic library staff, but includes sessions that will be of interest to any paraprofessional working in a public environment.

This year’s theme is “Inclusion & Diversity”. The conference will incorporate sessions focused on the positive outcomes when libraries foster inclusive environments that promote diversity amongst internal staff as well as provide resources to all individuals in the communities they serve.

All questions or comments can be directed to paraprofes@ecu.edu


2022 Sponsors and Supporters


The planning committee would like to thank the following groups who have provided support for the conference! Please visit their websites to see the exceptional services they provide.

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