Conference: Attend SIBF/ALA 2015

10/1/15 – Attend the SIBJ/ALA 2015 Conference
Sharjah International Book Fair/American Librarian Association, Sharjah Expo Center, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone in the Middle East or interested in working in and/or learning more about libraries in that region here is a joint conference.  Sessions are an eclectic mix of offerings for public, school, and academic librarians. Interesting.
FYI: Traditionally anyone working in the region belonged to SLA – Arabian Gulf Chapter and could attend their annual regional conferences.


Take a look at the program and sessions now confirmed, and join hundreds of your colleagues at the Sharjah Expo Center, November 10-12, 2015.  Register now!

Your registration includes:

  • International expert presenters
  • 15 concurrent programs on topics for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special libraries) covering the topics that help you stay on top of library transformation and needs
  • Keynote speakers, including ALA 2015-16 President Sari Feldman, Columbia University Librarian Emeritus James G. (Jim) Neal, and Sharjah dignitaries
  • All sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
  • Poster sessions for more best practices and ideas. List of poster session presenters. (PDF file)
  • Certificate of participation after in-person attendance
  • Networking opportunities and use of the Librarians’ Lounge
  • Access to all session recordings
  • The chance to chat with sponsors and exhibitors about the latest technologies and services
  • Free hotel for anyone who purchases $10,000 or more of materials for their library at SIBF
  • Coffee, snacks, and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Conference bags and program book

Conference registration rates

ALA member 250 AED ($70 USD); non ALA member 350 AED ($100 USD)

Optional preconference Tuesday, November 10: RDA: Resource Description and Access (full day with Magda El-Sherbini, head of The Ohio State University Libraries’ Cataloging Department). ALA members 525 AED ($140 USD); non ALA members 750 AED ($200 USD). You can add this optional preconference during the registration process.

You may need a visa
if you are traveling from another country to the United Arab Emirates. SIBF will help with the arrangements; use this SIBF page to find out if you need a visa and how to apply. Deadline to apply for a visa is Saturday, October 10, 2015. (If you request a letter of invitation, we will send it after you register.)

2014 participants said it was “a great conference. . . . really inspiring . . . . memorable experience!”

Register now!

Check or track the tag #SIBFALA15 for updates. Join us!

For additional information, please contact the ALA International Relations Office at


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