The idea for the conference came from Rosann Bazirjian, the Dean of the University Libraries at UNCG who recognized the importance of staff development within her own library and believed there might be a need in the larger library community. In spring 2013, she took her proposal to the other members of TALA, which is a membership network of academic libraries in North Carolina's Piedmont region that are committed to reciprocal resource sharing. After gaining support from other institutions, a ten person multi-university planning committee was formed to determine the details and logistics of the
conference. Throughout the year, the committee met numerous times, determining themes, speakers, location, and other details of the conference.
|Sean Mulligan, |
Conference Planning Committee Member
Despite this being the first conference for TALA, the overall survey feedback by participants was extremely positive. Many felt that they learned a lot of new information throughout the day and were impressed by the quality of speakers. There was overwhelming acclamation for the food selection, the parking accessibility, and facility location. Humorously, some respondents specifically mentioned that the macaroni and cheese at lunch was “the best I’ve even eaten” and “it was awesome!” While it has not been determined when or if there will be a 2nd TALA Paraprofessional Conference, it is clear that paraprofessional librarians in the Triad greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue their professional development.
Text written by Sean Mulligan.