Call for 2023 Presentation Proposals


It's happening again this year! The annual Paraprofessional Conference will occur in May and it will be a hybrid event for attendees.

The conference planning committee is currently seeking proposals. Our 19th annual conference will be held May 12, 2023 at Joyner Library in Greenville, N.C. Sponsored by East Carolina University's Academic Library Services SHRA Assembly, the conference is aimed at providing professional development for library workers in academic, public, and special library systems.

If you are interested in creating a presentation or a poster session for our conference, please note the following info:

  • The conference will occur on Friday, May 12, 2023.
  • Motivation & Teamwork is the 2023 conference theme.
  • Adherence to the theme is suggested, but not mandatory, and a wide range of topics will be considered.
  • Session lengths are 45 minutes and should include time left for discussion.
  • Some sessions may be selected for live-streaming with the presenter's consent.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2023.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the form here.

All questions or comments can be directed to the Paraprofessional Conference Planning Committee members at paraprofes@ecu.edu

We look forward to hearing from you!


Michelle Underhill is Our Keynote Speaker


Photo of Michelle Underhill

We are excited to announce that Michelle Underhill (She/Her) is our Keynote Speaker for the 2023 Conference! She currently serves as State Librarian for North Carolina. She has worked in libraries for over 20 years has over a decade of experience in leadership positions in libraries and non-profits. She is passionate about community service and fostering a culture of learning and inclusion in libraries, and has personal interests in behavior science, motivation, and engagement. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 


About the Conference


The annual Paraprofessional Conference is a day-long series of presentations and sessions. It occurs this year on Friday, May 12th, 2023 and it will be a hybrid event. The focus of the conference will be "Motivation & Teamwork". The conference gives staff and students the opportunity to network and attend presentations on a variety of topics. Presenters come from a wide array of institutions. The goal of the event is to provide training and information that will allow paraprofessionals to bring constructive change to their home institutions. This is the 19th Paraprofessional Conference that has been hosted by Joyner Library.


Joyner Library is the building appearing on the left in the photo.

Although the main audience of the conference is library paraprofessionals, it is open to any person who registers for the event. Many of the presentations would be of interest to anyone who works in a paraprofessional capacity. Registration costs for the conference are very reasonable and the fees cover parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Parking will be provided in the deck that is adjacent to the library.

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

Last Year's 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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