Sharjah Announces 11th International Library Conference for November

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The upcoming 43rd Sharjah International Book Fair will again stage its international library conference as part of its programming.

On the main exhibition floor of the 2023 Sharjah International Book Fair. Image: SIBF

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Conference Dates: November 9 and 10
During the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Diego last week, Sharjah Book Authority announced an 11th edition of its Sharjah International Library Conference for November 9 and 10—those dates being during the November 6 to 17 run of the 43rd Sharjah International Book Fair.

The library conference is part of the group of events that feed the internationalism of Sharjah’s main book fair each year, the annual Sharjah Publishers Conference being held just before the opening of the public-facing book fair, and the library conference then following during the run of the show. During the two-day library conference, presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities are arranged, the sessions being provided in Arabic and English.

The delegation from the United Arab Emirates to the US library event included the Book Authority’s CEO, Ahmed Al Ameri; Mansour Al Hassani, director of publisher services for the Book Authority; and Eman Bushlaibi, who directs Sharjah’s public libraries.

Ahmed Al Ameri

Al Ameri pointed out in his commentary while in California that Sharjah’s Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi has made the country’s third emirates libraries part of his central drive to develop Sharjah’s culture into that of a reading society. Libraries, Al Ameri said, have “a central role in building a knowledge-based society. The Sharjah Book Authority seeks to achieve this objective through participation in key international events like this conference and through organizing the Sharjah International Library Conference, the only professional event American Library Association holds outside the United States.

Mansour Al Hassani

“In recent years, we have made considerable strides in the development of the library ecosystem in Sharjah,” he said. “This year, under the leadership of Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, chairperson of the Book Authority, we seek to expand international collaboration opportunities between Emirati and Arab libraries on one hand, and knowledge institutions worldwide through the new edition of the Sharjah conference.

“We developed the participation mechanisms, and broadened the opportunities of making the most of the conference. Given its global platform that convenes all library professionals under one roof, we chose the American Library Association conference announce that registration in the 11th edition of the Sharjah International Library Conference is open.”

Eman Bushlaibi

Bushlaibi, speaking for the public library system she directs in Sharjah, said that her program in the UAE “is keen on keeping up with the rapid advancements taking place in libraries and the information management sector, and in knowledge institutions around the world.

“This is aimed at furthering Sharjah’s impact in this sector, and underscoring its central role in the Arab region as a premier destination for professionals in this field, and a platform on which librarians and directors of knowledge institutions meet with a host of library experts.”

In its information on the program, the American Library Association reports that those interested in participating will have the option of traveling to the UAE in person or engaging in a digital registration feature for networking access to librarians and exhibitors.

One of the ways the library association in the States refers to the value of its association with the Sharjah program is that it offers a “collection development opportunity” for English-language libraries, offering of course a broad spectrum of Arabic content from the Gulf and North African region. The program’s presentations are applicable to public, academic, school, and special libraries’ interests.

Potential exhibitors and sponsors can find more information on this part of the Sharjah program offerings here. The program is offered in association with the US-based Combined Book Exhibit program.

More from Publishing Perspectives on international book fairs and trade shows is here, more on Sharjah Book Authority and its programs is here, and more on the Sharjah International Book Fair is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.