Call for Proposals: 13th Annual Paraprofessional Conference

ParaconferenceThe J.Y. Joyner Library Support Staff Assembly will host the 13th Annual Paraprofessional Conference on Friday, May 12, 2017.  The planning committee would like to extend a call for proposals at this time.  The conference is a day-long series of sessions aimed at providing instruction and information for library paraprofessionals in support of our work.

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 Lou Sua of East Carolina University.  Dr. Sua teaches in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions and the Library Science Program.  Her research interests include Public Libraries and the community, among other topics.

For those interested in presenting a proposal please consider the following:

Session length: 1 hour

Topic:  Presentations should be relevant to paraprofessional development.  Adherence to the theme is not mandatory and a wide range of topics will be considered.  Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to do so.

Please include in your proposal the following:

  1. Contact details (including your name, telephone number, and email address)
  2. Presentation topic
  3. A brief description of your presentation
  4. Type of Program
  • Presentation
  • Hands-on Workshop
  • Other (please provide details)
  1. Any special technology requirements.

Questions and submissions can be directed to Layne Carpenter at (252)-328-0250.

Deadline: March 17, 2017

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