7th Sharjah International Library Conference

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Join us for the 7th Annual Sharjah International Library Conference (SILC), November 10-12, 2020.


Preliminary program and registration will be available on July 31st.

The library conference will have informative programs on a wide range of topics for librarians from academic, public, school, government, corporate and special libraries.

Included will be:

  • Hands-on pre conference workshops
  • Great book buying opportunities
  • Poster sessions
  • Exhibits from library vendors
  • Exclusive Library Lounge and more...


Public Librarians |  Academic Librarians |  School Librarians |  Government Librarians |  Corporate Librarians |  Special Librarians

Participation at SILC Offers the following:

  • An international roster of expert presenters
  • Concurrent programs on topics for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special libraries) covering current trends and technologies, innovative spaces and services, rebranding and proving the value of the library, staff and leadership development, promoting the love of reading, and more
  • Keynote speakers, including ALA President Julius C. Jefferson Jr.
  • All Sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
  • Access to all session recordings
  • Networking opportunities and use of the exclusive Library Lounge
  • Lunches and breaks
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Conference bags and program book
  • Free 3 night's hotel accommodations for librarians purchasing $10,000 USD or more of materials for their library at the Sharjah International Book Fair. Economy airfare and 3 nights hotel for librarians purchasing $20,000 USD or more of materials for their library at Sharjah International Book Fair.



November 10, 2020
3 full-day workshops including an ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Road Show for academic librarians

November 11, 2020
Opening and Keynote, ALA President Julius C. Jefferson Jr.
“Leadership Development and Management Effectiveness”
“Reinventing Your Library Space”
“School Librarian of the Year Success Stories”
"Marketing Management in Libraries"
“Poster Sessions”

November 12, 2020
“Lightning Talks”
Closing Session


Pictures of past SILC events

If you want to look back or discover sessions, you can view the past conference presentations from 2014 - 2019.

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.



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.
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