5th Sharjah Library Conference

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Advance registration is now open!

Register to attend the 5th Sharjah Library Conference, November 6-8 2018, at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, UAE, during the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair. You can register online and take advantage of the lower registration rates. Your registration includes: an invitation letter (after you register); access to all conference programs in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation), posters, the Librarian’s Lounge, library exhibits, and the Sharjah International Book Fair; session recordings after the conference; certificate of participation after in-person attendance; lunches and coffee breaks. The full preliminary program [البرنامج التمهيدى], including two one-day preconference workshops information is now available.

2018 Poster Session

The Sharjah International Book Fair invite you to submit a poster session abstract   [Arabic submission]. Up to 20 posters will be accepted. Posters should highlight a successful activity, service, idea that you would like to share with others. *Individuals who have a poster session accepted still need to register for the conference and pay registration fees.  DEADLINE to submit a Poster Session description: September 6, 2018.


SIBF-Purchase Program

Are you responsible for collecting materials in Arabic and South Asian Languages? If so, take advantage of the Sharjah Library Conference- Sharjah International Book Fair Purchase Program. If you purchase $20,000 USD worth of books at the Book Fair you will receive reimbursement for round-trip economy airfare and 3 nights of hotel. If you purchase $10,000 worth of books and other materials you will receive reimbursement for 3 nights of hotel.   More information...


Thank you for joining us during the 4th editon of the SIBF Library Conference! 

We had another great lineup of international and local presenters assembled this year.  ALA’s President Jim Neal and Khaled Mohamed Emam Elhalaby, President of the Arab Federation for Libraries and  Information (AFLI), headlined this year’s conference. Neal, University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University, provided an inspirational thought provoking start to the conference with "Libraries Transform- Libraries Lead- Libraries Fight."  Emam Elhalaby, maped out the road ahead with “Libraries in the MENA Region Moving Forward: From Tradition to Transformation.”

The final conference program presentations are now available.  

Thanks to everyone who participated in the SIBF Poster session! Please view the 2017 SIBF Poster Session participant list!
FLICKR--Images taken during the three-day conference have been uploaded to a Flickr account. Enjoy!


What past participants said

What a great conference. It was really inspiring. Memorable experience!
Great interaction with librarians from other countries, and quality sessions with brilliant ideas to make our library much more
valuable and offer better services.
It's a spectacular achievement for SIBF to become partners and I am sure that will help in enhancing librarians’ skills in the Arab countries.
It was an opportunity to meet other librarians. Good networking opportunities!
The best part was the practices shared by librarians from their [own] libraries. 
It united all LIBRARIANS together.
If you want to look back or discover sessions, you can view the past conference presentations from 2014 - 2017.


The American Library Association (ALA) provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) is one of the largest book fairs in the world, the most prestigious in the Arab world and home to the most exciting literary event in the region. “For the love of the written word” is its inspiration, passion and reason for being. 
The Combined Book Exhibit collaborates with ALA and SIBF to manage the conference and is the sponsor liaison and support.
For additional information, please contact the ALA International Relations Office at intl@ala.org or +01-312-280-3201.