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About the 2016 SIBF/ALA Library Conference

Librarians and ALA members are welcome at 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.  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.

Conference Program (720 KB, opens in PDF format)

Conference Program-ARABIC (730 KB, opens in PDF format)

Your 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


Conference registration rates
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)