7th Sharjah International Library Conference

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The upcoming 2020 Sharjah International Library Conference will take place on November 10-12, 2020.

During the first day, you will be able to attend a preconference or register for the two-day conference. Registration will open in early May 2020!


Thank you for joining us during the 6th editon of the Sharjah Library Conference! 

We had another great lineup of international and local presenters assembled this year.  ALA’s President Wanda K. Brown and Brian Bannon, CEO and Commissioner of the Chicago Public Libraries headlined this year’s conference. Ms. Wanda Brown, provided an overview of what the future holds for libraries and how library staff can be ready to embrace and capitalize on the important role libraries can play in their communities. Mr. Jason Griffey, provided an extensive overview of how artificial intelligence can be used in libraries.

The final conference program presentations are now available!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the SIBF Poster session! Please view the 2019 Sharjah Library Conference Poster Session participant list!
FLICKR--Images taken during the three-day conference have been uploaded to a Flickr account. Enjoy! (If you have images that you would like to share, please email them to intl@ala.org


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 - 2019.


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.