2020 Paraprofessional Conference - Engagement & Assessment


As of March 11, the 2020 conference has been put on hold. ECU is restricted from hosting gatherings with expected attendance of 100 or more people taking place on or off campus until further notice. We are investigating options that include moving the conference to a later date or virtually hosting the event. Please continue to check this page for the most current information regarding the conference.

For the past several weeks, ECU and the UNC System have closely monitored the increase in COVID-19 cases and have been working diligently to prepare for our university’s response. In alignment with UNC System guidance, we are taking steps now to minimize health and safety risks to ECU students, faculty, staff and the larger community.

Further details regarding the university’s response may be found on the ECU coronavirus website.

Registration Has Opened

We have opened registration for the 16th Annual Joyner Library Paraprofessional Conference. This year’s conference explores the theme of Engagement & Assessment.

  • Early registration will cost $20 (Regular registration cost will be $30)
  • The conference will be held on Friday, May 15, 2019, from 8am till 4pm
  • It will be hosted by Joyner Library on the East Carolina University campus
  • We will be having barbecue for lunch again, so bring your apetite!

The full-day conference will be held at the J.Y. Joyner Library on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC on Friday, May 15, 2019, from 8am till 4pm.  The registration fee covers parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The lunch time meal of barbecue was so popular last year that we will be bringing it back again this year!

We will be offering early registration from March 9 through April 15 and the price will be reduced to $20.
On April 16 the cost of the conference will return to the regular price of $30. Please contact us to receive a discounted price if you are registering 8 or more people or if you are a student interested in attending the conference.

Because our attendance has steadily grown and there was overcrowding in some of last year’s sessions, we will be handling registration differently this year. Attendees will create an itinerary for the day. Some sessions have limited available seating, so please make an effort to attend the sessions you have selected. Please be patient as we try this new form of registration.

Presentation List

We are excited to provide a list of this year's sessions! We recieved some great submissions and the presentations are both informative and interesting. Please click the link below to download a PDF of the sessions.

Presentation List

Keynote Speaker

This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Brian Sturm! He is a Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS).

Brian Sturm PhotoDr. Sturm’s research focuses on immersion in information environments, the state of being completely engrossed in whatever you are doing, whether that’s reading, story listening, or playing video games. Most people have been “lost in a book” or deeply engaged in some form of media, and Dr. Sturm has dedicated his career to exploring the experience of immersion and the various influences that help us get immersed. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sturm was a natural history museum docent, gave planetarium shows, worked as a wildlife rehabilitator, and taught outdoor education to 5th graders in California. He has also been a professional storyteller for over 25 years.

The conference planning committee is grateful that he has accepted our invitation to be the opening speaker! We look forward to an informative and motivating keynote at this year's conference on Friday, May 15 at Joyner Library.

About the Conference

The annual Joyner Library Paraprofessional Conference is a day-long series of presentations and sessions occurring at Joyner Library on May 15th, from 8am till 4pm. The conference gives staff the opportunity to network and 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.

Directions & Parking

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. The registeration fee includes parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Parking will be provided in the garage that is adjacent to the library.

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

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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