ECU Libraries

13th Annual Paraprofessional Conference - Friday, May 12, 2017

13th Annual Paraprofessional Conference

Thank You For Attending the 2017 Conference!

On behalf of Joyner Library and the SHRA committee we would like to thank you for attending the 13th Annual Paraprofessional Conference at East Carolina University. We hope that you found the conference both enjoyable and informative. This year's conference appears to have been a success and we look forward to having one again in 2018. If you have any questions or comments pertaining to the conference please email the planning committee at


A conference volunteer will be handing out parking passes in the lot. Please look for the volunteer when you arrive. You will need to display the pass to use the parking lot.

Volunteers and signs will be present to guide attendees to and from the library.
More Information can be found here.

Conference Schedule

Time Event
8:00am - 8:45am Name Tag and Conference Packet Pick Up, Breakfast
8:45am - 10:00am Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
10:15am - 12:30pm Morning Sessions
12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Sessions
4:10pm - 4:30pm Closing Remarks and Door Prizes (Must be present to win)
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About the Conference

The SHRA Assembly of Joyner Library is pleased to announce the 13th Paraprofessional Conference at ECU will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017. This event allows library paraprofessionals from any field the opportunity to attend presentations, discussions, and workshops on a variety of topics that will allow them to bring positive change and growth to their home institutions. Individuals representing school, public, and academic libraries will be present to share their knowledge and talent with those in attendance.

This year’s theme is Libraries and Community Empowerment. Libraries and librarians help individuals and communities acquire knowledge. This knowledge helps community members learn more about themselves and the world around them, thus giving them the opportunity to improve their community. How do libraries reach out to and influence their community? How do we define a library’s community? How do online resources change the way libraries define community and the way communities interact with libraries? What role do paraprofessionals play in this relationship?

The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Lou Sua, Teaching Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor for the Department of Library Science at ECU. Her research interests include Public Libraries and the community, among other topics. The title of her keynote address is "Library as Place: Community, Leadership, and Empowerment"

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