ALA and the Guadalajara International Book Fair are partnering for the 20th year to provide support for ALA members to attend the 34th Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) from November 28 - December 1, 2020. This year's guest of honor is Sharjah.
The deadline for application to the ALA/FIL FREE PASS Program is September 6, 2020. The Guadalajara Book Fair is offering an additional $100 to the first 100 applicants who submit their airfare confirmation by September 30.
The ALA-FIL FREE PASS Program provides:
3 nights at the Hotel Guadalajara Plaza López Mateos (six nights if you share a room with a colleague who is also part of the program)
3 continental breakfast
FIL Registration, courtesy of FIL
$100 toward the cost of airfare, courtesy of ALA. The Guadalajara Book Fair is offering an additional $100 to the first 100 applicants who submit a copy of their airfare confirmation by September 4, 2020.
FREE PASSES will be awarded to 150 librarians who work in the area of Spanish language acquisitions and/or are working to build their Spanish language collection to better serve their community and users. Applicants must be ALA Personal Members.
FIL, the most important exhibit of Spanish-language books in the world, will offer:
- firsthand access to the latest publications in Spanish;
- an exhibit of more than 300,000 titles;
- access to the complete catalogs of more than 1,500 publishers from over 35 countries;
- networking opportunities with 15,000 book professionals;
- literary programming with Latin American authors; and
- lectures on Mexican culture delivered by experts in the field.
For more information or to apply for the FREE PASS Program, contact:
Guadalajara International Book Fair
ALA and FIL encourage applications from school and public librarians, as well as academic librarians, to the FREE PASS Program. FIL will also provide free registration to all American librarians interested in attending FIL, even if they are not selected for the FREE PASS Program.
For ALA membership information, please contact:
ALA-International Relations Office
Tel: 1800-545-2433, ext. 3201
To renew or become a new ALA personal member, please visit the ALA Membership page
What past participants have said...
"Just being able to see all the Spanish language children's materials in one place was spectacular. I look forward to the 2020 FIL programs."
"I can't stress enough the amazing opportunity the ALA Free Pass Program offer-- It is the one chance I have to cut out the book dealers -- I am able to purchase books from all over Latin America at Mexican prices often with discounts of 20% to 30% even 50%."
"Attending this books fair helps me learn more about the publishing trends in my field. It also provides me with the unique insight that I get from speaking in person with publishers, authors and fellow librarians. The more deeply I know the collections that I oversee the better I am in providing reference services to my patrons and helping them with their research and teaching needs."
"For me it was a great professional experience because I was able to share our experiences about my work with other librarians. On the other hand, participating in the Guadalajara book fair was the best, finding books that I had been looking for years, which for some reason did not arrive to my country, it was great! and find many releases for our young users of our library."
To learn more about the fair, pleases visit the Guadalajara Book Fair site.