2016 SIBF-ALA Library Conference Registration

SIBF conference lobby

Registration is now open!

Things to know before you register

(If you have all the following information, including an ALA Identification (ID) number, you can register now)

Instructions in ARABIC, before you start to register.

Pre-payment with a credit card or by wire transfer is required for advance registration.  If you cannot pay by credit card or wire transfer, you may register onsite in Sharjah and pay in cash at the onsite registration rate. Please contact Delin Guerra at dguerra@ala.org, if you are interested in paying via wire transfer (a $25 USD charge will be applied).

Are you an ALA member? You will need your ALA ID to register and get the member discount. If you would like to join ALA to receive the discounted member rate for this event, please contact us at membership@ala.org before you start to register.

You need an ID number. If you are not an ALA member, please email Delin Guerra at dguerra@ala.org to get your free ALA ID number. You will need to include your first name, last name, email address, and street address in the email.

Do you need a visa to enter UAE? You can get information about a UAE visa from your airline or local consulate, and we recommend that you secure your visa before starting the registration process.

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

Multiple registrations (and payment) for a single library/institution are welcome. Please make sure that the first registrant you list will be the primary contact for the group onsite in Sharjah. Please follow the instructions after you complete the first registration to add other names.  

Your registration fee includes:  

•    Invitation letter after you register
•    Access to all conference programs and other sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
•    Access to poster sessions
•    Access to Librarian’s Lounge and library exhibits
•    Access to Sharjah International Book Fair
•    2 lunches and coffee/tea breaks
•    Access to all session recordings after the conference
•    Conference bag and program book
•    Certificate of participation after in-person attendance
•    Up to three nights’ hotel reimbursed if you spend more than $10,000 USD on materials for your library at the Book Fair

Conference registration rates
Exchange rates will vary slightly; the UAE dirham (AED) rate is the fixed point.

Conference registration, advance rates
ALA member: 400 AED ($110 USD)
Non-ALA member: 500 AED ($135 USD)

Conference registration, onsite rates in Sharjah
Onsite cash payments must be in UAE Dirhams.
ALA member: 600 AED ($165 USD)
Non ALA member: 700 AED $190 USD)

One-day pre-conference registration, advance rates  
ALA member: 800 AED ($220 USD)
Non-ALA member: 1,000 AED ($270 USD)

One-day pre-conference registration, onsite rates in Sharjah
Onsite cash payments must be in UAE Dirhams.

ALA member: 1,000 AED ($270 USD)

Non ALA member: 1,200 AED ($325 USD)

Cancellation policy: Written cancellation of a confirmed registration received by ALA 30 days before the event (on or before 10th October, 2016) will be refunded minus a cancellation fee of $40 USD. Cancellations made after 10th October, 2016 will not be eligible for refunds. This includes cancellations related to not obtaining a necessary visa. Any refunds will be processed after the conference ends.

Register now!  


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