International Relations Office

Third Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference wraps up in UAE

Librarians from across the Persian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa (MENA) gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) November 8–10 for the third annual SIBF/American Library Association Conference. The conference is ALA’s most ambitious international professional development event, supporting ALA’s global theme, “Partnering to build stronger libraries worldwide.” Approximately 350 librarians took part in three days of programs, training, and networking in both Arabic and English, with translation provided.

ALA seeks internationally active mentors

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is looking for internationally active U.S.-based librarians to serve as mentors for 50 new career librarians in the U.S. from diverse backgrounds.

The new career librarians received support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant (RE-00-15-0108-15) to attend the 2016 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Congress in Columbus, Ohio, in August.

Second Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference attracts librarians from 20 countries

CHICAGO — Around 300 librarians gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates Nov. 10-12 for the second SIBF/ALA Library Conference, ALA’s most ambitious international professional development event. Librarians from UAE, Afghanistan, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, India, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan and other countries participated in the three days of programs, training and lively networking, in both Arabic and English with translation provided.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

First Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference draws more than 600 participants from 20 countries

CHICAGO -- The ALA’s largest ever international professional development event wrapped up November 13 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where more than 600 librarians gathered on-site at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) for the first two-day SIBF/ALA Library Conference. Librarians representing UAE, Syria, Afghanistan, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Malaysia, Bahrain, India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria and others joined together for networking and knowledge-sharing.

Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO — Sai Deng is the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science will provide a $1,000 cash award for Ms. Deng to attend her first international conference in London, England.

First Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference set for November 2014

CHICAGO -- The first Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference is set to take place Nov. 11-13, 2014 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, during the 33rd Sharjah International Book Fair. The two-day library conference will offer free concurrent programs on a wide range of topics for librarians from public, academic, school, government and special libraries.  The programs will draw on the expertise of librarians in the region as well as from the U.S.

2014 John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award winner announced

CHICAGO — Dr. Shali Zhang is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to international librarianship.

Participate in an international travel/service trip to Costa Rica

CHICAGO — Are you interested in a unique opportunity that combines the principles of sustainable tourism and educational travel with international community-based library service work? 

This trip, hosted by the ALA International Relations Office, is designed for librarians at all stages of their careers. 

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