About ALA Library Conference

The 3rd annual Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference will take place November 8-10, 2016 at the Expo Center in Sharjah, UAE, during the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair.  The program draws on expertise from librarians in the region as well as from the United States and other countries.

The two-day library conference offers programs as well as in-depth preconference institutes and a poster session on a wide range of topics for librarians from academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.

New for the 2016 conferencelonger programs to allow for more interactivity and greater focus on specific topics. Time will continue to be built into the program to encourage attendees to share ideas, experiences, and challenges.

The international roster of expert presenters and keynote speakers for the 2016 library conference includes Julie Todaro, ALA 2016-17 President, and Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Todaro’s speech will focus on “The Expert in the Library,” while Figueroa will talk about how societal trends affect planning for the library of the future, and managing change in libraries.  Other topics will include new trends and technologies, digital content, innovative spaces and services, marketing, assessment, rebranding and proving the value of the library, staff and leadership development, and promoting the love of reading.

Two concurrent full-day preconference's will offer in-depth training on RDA: Resource Description and Access for non-book materials, and creating an institutional repository. 

Free Pass Program

Do you plan to purchase over $10,000 USD worth of books and other materials at the Book Fair?

You are eligible to receive reimbursement for 3 nights of your hotel stay.  One additional staff member is also eligible for reimbursement of 3 nights’ hotel for each added purchase of $10,000. Receipts of purchases and of the hotel nights must be provided to receive reimbursements. If you check when registering that you expect to qualify, you will be contacted directly for follow up.

The following applies to reimbursement:

1.Hotel should be in Sharjah.

2.The amount will not exceed 2000 AED.

3.Submit  invoices for purchased books/items and paid hotel invoices to SIBF Finance office at Sharjah expo enter or at Sharjah Book Authority after close of Book Fair    

4. ALA conference badge or paid receipt is required.

If you will be eligible to take advantage of this offer please note in your Registration Form.