Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference


The first Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference will take place November 11-13, 2014 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, UAE. The conference will be bilingual English-Arabic. Librarians from across the region and around the world are welcome to attend.  |  Press Release




There is no fee for librarians to attend the conference and the Book Fair, but preregistration (opens in new window) is required for the conference. Preregistration closes on November 1.


Conference Program

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 US and other countries. Key topics have been identified through meetings, focus groups, and a regional survey. The conference will also offer an important opportunity for librarians from across the region to network and share best practices, as well as visit the Book Fair.

Topics likely to be on the conference program include:

  • New trends and technologies
  • eResources and managing virtual libraries
  • Effective information literacy
  • Open access
  • Leadership and management
  • Staff development/continuing education
  • Student learning and the library
  • Outreach and promotion—increasing use of library services, engaging the community
  • Collection development
  • Cataloging and classification with RDA: Resource Description and Access
  • Increasing literacy and reading
  • Proving the value of the library


CONFERENCE PROGRAM (Last updated 10/24/14, pdf file, 886 KB)


Poster Session

We invite you to attend the poster sessions that will be displayed in a special area throughout the Library Conference in the Sharjah Expo Centre. You will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions to presenters during Wednesday's program. LIST OF PRESENTERS


Librarians’ Lounge

During breaks and free time, please enjoy the relaxing Librarians’ Lounge that will be open to librarians and educators in the Sharjah Expo Centre throughout the Sharjah International Book Fair, thanks to our generous sponsors. We hope that you will find it a useful and welcoming place to meet your colleagues, hold small meetings and discussions, and enjoy impromptu networking.


Free Pass Program for 10K Buyers at SIBF

SIBF will offer three nights free hotel accommodation to librarians who will spend a minimum of $10,000 purchasing books and other materials at the Fair.  If you will be eligible to take advantage of this offer please note in your registration form.


Hotel rates and information

Get hotel information and rates for librarians attending the conference. 


Further Information/Invitation Letters

No travel grants are available through ALA/SIBF.  ALA and SIBF can send you an invitation letter if that is needed for a visa or to assist in your participation at the conference. Please send an email to to request a letter of invitation.




The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, 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. 2014 will be the 33rd SIBF. Under the patronage of Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, the 11-day event has become a literary carnival with over 900 publishers participating from 62 countries and attracting over 900,000 visitors, helping elevate the Emirate as the cultural capital of the region.

For additional information, please contact the ALA International Relations Office at or +01-312-280-3201.