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Registration Now Open


Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Paraprofessional Conference, hosted by the SHRA Assembly of ECU's Academic Library Services. The multi-day conference will be held on May 11th-13th. Please join us this year as we explore the theme of Technology & Cyber Awareness. It is free to attend the virtual event, but registration is required.

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.

The conference continues to be successful each year due to the generous staff and faculty of the library who volunteer and make the event both informative and motivational. The conference planning committee looks forward to seeing everyone virtually in May!

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We would like to welcome Tracy Doaks as our keynote speaker and Dr. Mark Samberg as our second day keynote speaker


Photo of Tracy Doaks, President & CEO of MCNC

We are honored to have Tracy Doaks provide our opening keynote!

Tracy Doaks is President & CEO of MCNC, the technology nonprofit focused on delivering high performance Internet, networking, cloud services, cybersecurity, and other essential technologies for communities throughout North Carolina. MCNC’s 4,000 mile fiber-optic backbone, the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), supports community anchor institutions in all 100 counties of the state.

Prior to joining MCNC in August 2020, Tracy was state chief information officer and secretary for the N.C. Department of Information Technology where she led the state agency responsible for all IT procurement, cybersecurity, operational services, broadband infrastructure, solutions division, data analytics center, the N.C. 911 Board, and strategic IT planning.

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from NC State University and a CIO certification from the UNC School of Government. She received the 2018 Public CIO Award from NC TECH and the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from NC State University's Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Tracy serves on the boards of the CORRAL Riding Academy, Triangle Technology Executive Council, Athena International, Association of IT Professionals, and NC State's Computer Science Strategic Advisory Board.


Photo of Dr. Mark Samberg

We are thrilled to announce Dr. Mark Samberg as our second day keynote!

In March 2021 he became the Director of Strategy and Transformation in the Educational Technology and Data Services Division at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

He previously served as the Director for Technology Programs at the Friday Institute and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Education. He worked with project teams at the Institute to identify, select, and implement technology solutions that supported their work and the mission of the Friday Institute. He also managed the internal FI IT and facilities teams and the IT infrastructure.

Dr. Samberg conducts research and outreach in the areas of online and hybrid learning environments, K-12 IT infrastructure and K-12 IT policy, digital and open educational resources, and computer science/computational thinking education.

Prior to his tenure at the Friday Institute he worked for more than 10 years in North Carolina Public Schools as a high school math/computer science teacher, media coordinator/instructional technology facilitator, and school district chief technology officer. He holds B.S. degrees in computer science and math education from NC State University, an M.Ed. in instructional technology and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from East Carolina University.


About the Paraprofessional Conference


The annual Paraprofessional Conference is a multi-day series of presentations and sessions occurring "at the library" during the week of May 10-14. The conference gives staff the opportunity to attend presentations on a variety of topics. Presenters come from a wide array of institutions. The goal of the conference is to provide training and information that will allow paraprofessionals to bring constructive change to their home institutions.

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

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


2021 Sponsors


We appreciate the generosity of our conference sponsors! Without their support, the Paraprofessional Conference would not be possible. Please visit their websites to see the exceptional services they provide.

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