About ALA Library Conference

The 4th annual Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference will take place November 7-9, 2017 at the Expo Center in Sharjah, UAE, during the 36th 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.

 The Sharjah International Book Fair—now part of the Sharjah Book Authority—and the American Library Association announced a new collaboration in 2013 to create and deliver a unique, high quality professional development and continuing education experience each year in Sharjah, UAE, serving librarians in the Gulf region and beyond. As one of the largest and most prominent book fairs in the world, the Sharjah International Book Fair is a natural host partner for this professional development conference.


The conference supports the implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to build strong relationships with book industry leaders around the world.   


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.