Libraries and Community Empowerment

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”

 We look forward to another year of great sessions and we hope you are able to attend the conference!

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