Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference

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.  


Poster Session

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!


Save the dates for November 6-8, 2018!

SIBF-ALA save the date logo


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 or +01-312-280-3201.