Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference

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Register now for the SIBF/ALA 2016 Library Conference!

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This PDF provides the information on this page in Arabic. (Please note that the registration form itself can be completed only in English.)
Librarians and ALA members are welcome to register for the 3rd annual Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference, November 8th-10th, 2016 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, UAE, during the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair.  The program draws on expertise from librarians in the region as well as from the United States and other countries. The three-day conference offers programs as well as in-depth preconference institutes and a poster session on a wide range of topics for librarians from academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.
New for the 2016 conference—longer programs to allow for more interactivity and greater focus on specific topics. Time will continue to be built into the program to encourage attendees to share ideas, experiences, and challenges.
The international roster of expert presenters and keynote speakers for the 2016 library conference includes Julie Todaro, ALA 2016-17 President, and Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Todaro’s speech will focus on “The Expert in the Library,” while Figueroa will talk about how societal trends affect planning for the library of the future, and managing change in libraries.  Other topics will include new trends and technologies, digital content, innovative spaces and services, marketing, assessment, rebranding and proving the value of the library, staff and leadership development, and promoting the love of reading. 
Two concurrent full-day preconferences will offer in-depth training on RDA: Resource Description and Access for non-book materials, and creating an institutional repository. 


Do you need a visa to enter UAE? Before you start to register, make sure you know if you need a visa to enter UAE. You can get information about a UAE visa from your airline or local consulate, and we recommend that you secure your visa before starting the registration process. 
Are you an ALA member? You will need your ALA member information for the member discount to be applied. If you would like to join ALA to receive the discounted member rate for this event, please contact us at before you start to register. 
Getting an ID number for registration. If you are an ALA member, you already have an ALA ID number. You do not have to be an ALA member to get an ALA ID number. You will need this number before you register (we require it to register your details and communicate with you), and it is a quick process. Visit the registration page and complete the form, and make a note of your ID number for when you register.
Pre-payment with a credit card or by wire transfer is required for advance registration.  If you cannot pay by credit card or wire transfer, you may register onsite in Sharjah and pay in cash at the onsite registration rate. Information about how to pay by wire transfer is included in the registration process.
Do you plan to purchase over $10,000 USD worth of books and other materials at the Book Fair? You are eligible to receive reimbursement for 3 nights of your hotel stay.  One additional staff member is also eligible for reimbursement of 3 nights’ hotel for each added purchase of $10,000. Receipts of purchases and of the hotel nights must be provided to receive reimbursements. If you check when registering that you expect to qualify, you will be contacted directly for follow up.  
Multiple registrations (and payment) for a single library/institution may be made. Please make sure that the first registrant you list will be the primary contact for the group onsite in Sharjah. Please follow the instructions after you complete the first registration to add other names.  
Registration fee includes:  
  • Invitation letter after you register
  • Access to all conference programs and other sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
  • Access to poster sessions
  • Access to Librarian’s Lounge and library exhibits
  • Access to Sharjah International Book Fair
  • 2 lunches and coffee/tea breaks
  • Access to all session recordings after the conference
  • Conference bag and program book
  • Certificate of participation after in-person attendance
  • Up to three nights’ hotel reimbursed if you spend more than $10,000 USD on materials for your library at the Book Fair
Exchange rates will vary slightly; the UAE dirham (AED) rate is the fixed point.

Conference registration, advance rates 

ALA member: 400 AED ($110 USD) 
Non-ALA member: 500 AED ($135 USD)

Conference registration, onsite rates in Sharjah

Onsite cash payments must be in UAE Dirhams.
ALA member: 600 AED ($165 USD)
Non ALA member: 700 AED $190 USD)

One-day pre-conference registration, advance rates  

ALA member: 800 AED ($220 USD) 
Non-ALA member: 1,000 AED ($270 USD)

One-day pre-conference registration, onsite rates in Sharjah

Onsite cash payments must be in UAE Dirhams.
ALA member: 1,000 AED ($270 USD)
Non ALA member: 1,200 AED ($325 USD)
Cancellation policy: Written cancellation of a confirmed registration received by ALA 30 days before the event (on or before 10th October, 2016) will be refunded minus a cancellation fee of $40 USD. Cancellations made after 10th October, 2016 will not be eligible for refunds. This includes cancellations related to not obtaining a necessary visa. Any refunds will be processed after the conference ends. 

Register now! [link to MACS form]



Poster Session

The 2016 SIBF/ALA Library Conference Poster Session will be held in the Expo Centre in Sharjah on Wednesday, November 9. More information to come.


Librarians' Lounge

Enjoy the relaxing space that will be open to librarians and educators in the Sharjah Expo Centre throughout the Sharjah International Book Fair.  The lounge is provided with generous sponsorship from these companies.

Interested in a sponsorship opportunity? Act fast to ensure that you are part of this growing and lucrative market for academic, public, school, and special libraries by reserving one of the limited number of sponsorships and booth spaces available.


What past participants said

What a great conference. It was really inspiring. Memorable experience!
It's wonderful to have a conference like this in this region, allowing people to experience an ALA- quality conference.
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 and ALA 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 or +01-312-280-3201.