2018 Sharjah Library Conference
We had another great lineup of international and local presenters assembled this year. ALA’s President Loida Garcia-Febo and Brian Bannon, CEO and Commissioner of the Chicago Public Libraries headlined this year’s conference. Ms. Loida Garcia-Febo, provided an overview of concepts for all types of libraries transforming into welcoming places for all members of the community. Mr. Bannon, outlined strategic shifts needed to provide the next generation of library services.
Final conference program presentations - coming soon
Thanks to everyone who participated in the SIBF Poster session! Please view the 2018 Sharjah Library Conference Poster Session participant list!
2017 Sharjah Library Conference
2016 SIBF Library Conference
Librarians were welcomed to the 3rd annual Sharjah International Book Fair Library Conference, November 8th-10th, 2016 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, UAE, during the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair. The program drew on expertise from librarians in the region as well as from the United States and other countries. The three-day conference offered 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 international roster of expert presenters and keynote speakers for the 2016 library conference included Julie Todaro, ALA 2016-17 President, and Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Todaro’s speech focused on “The Expert in the Library,” while Figueroa will talk about how societal trends affect planning for the library of the future. Other topics included 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.
SIBF 2016 presentations have been posted and are available for review.
See the list of Poster Session Presenters
2015 SIBF Library Conference
Here are some of the presentations that took place during the 2015 SIBF Library Conference.
People in this region love reading and libraries should be used to promote cultural exchange. All libraries across the world need to work together and cooperate. –Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority Ahmed Al-Amiri
The 2015 SIBF Library Conference Poster Session was held in the Expo Centre in Sharjah on Wednesday, November 11. Here's a list of presenters.
- List of posters. (PDF file)
2014 SIBF Library Conference
The first Sharjah International Book Fair Library Conference held in November 2014 was an overwhelming success with 600+ librarians from 20 countries participating.
- Listen to 2014 presentations available online now.
- See the list of Poster Session presenters and topics adding more best practices and ideas to the conference programs.
- CONFERENCE PROGRAM (Last updated 11/12/14, pdf file, 886 KB)
Librarians relaxed and networked in the Librarians Lounge. ALA and the Sharjah International Book Fair would like to thank the many sponsors for their generous support and participation.
After the conference
- First Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference draws more than 600 participants from 20 countries (ALA press release)
- Swedish literature takes the Arab world by storm by Fatima Klanco Almulki
- SIBF/ALA Library Conference in El youm7 el sabaa newspaper (in Arabic)