ECU Libraries

2018 Paraprofessional Conference

14th Annual Paraprofessional Conference


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.

Keynote Speaker
This year we are looking forward to some great presentations including a keynote from Derrick Jefferson. He is an academic librarian at American University in Washington, DC. He earned his BA in English from San Diego State University, his MFA in Film from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and his MLIS from Louisiana State University where he was a Project Recovery scholar in New Orleans. This program was established by an IMLS grant to aid in rebuilding libraries after the storms of 2005 affected southeastern Louisiana while also educating library science students. Invested in social justice issues, his research interests also include information literacy, critical thinking, online and distance learning, identity, and diversity and inclusion issues in librarianship and higher education.

Conference Schedule - Friday, May 11, 2018

Time Event
8:00am Library Opens
8:15am - 9:00am Name Tag and Conference Packet Pick Up, Breakfast
9:00am - 10:15am Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
10:30am - 11:20pm Morning Session 1
11:30am - 12:20pm Morning Session 2
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:20pm Afternoon Session 1
2:30pm - 3:20pm Afternoon Session 2
3:30pm - 4:00pm Closing Remarks and Door Prizes (Must be present to win)
Click here to see the full schedule

2018 Conference: Navigating the Path to Diversity

The conference will focus on the concept that libraries should be inclusive environments available to all individuals wishing to use the many resources that they supply. By providing access to computers, internet, research instruction, events, classes and specialized support for the disabled, libraries may be the only free resource available to individuals and communities. Libraries also offer facilities where academic groups and communities can congregate and discuss local and national topics. Providing these services and spaces to a diverse mix of people creates an environment where staff must be aware of how their discussions and interactions can be interpreted by the communities they are hoping to serve. We hope to provide guidance for library staff on ways to better navigate their roles and responsibilities in creating safe environments by embracing concepts that promote an understanding of diversity.


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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Directions/Parking Agenda
Code of Conduct