Sharjah International Library Conference recently marked its 10th anniversary with a two-day event that brought together librarians, academics, and industry professionals from 14 countries. The conference, organized by the Sharjah Book Authority in collaboration with the American Libraries Association, featured innovative sessions and global networking opportunities.
Attendees had the chance to learn about current trends and emerging technologies in the library sector, explore the role of libraries in reversing climate change, and discover ways to engage readers more effectively. The conference took place during the 42nd Sharjah International Book Fair, providing participants with access to a larger community of publishers and industry experts.
Reflecting on the conference’s success, Mansour Al Hassani, Director of Publisher Services at SBA, highlighted the impact of the event in shaping the future of libraries. He emphasized the importance of collaboration, innovation, and continuous evolution within the library industry. The partnership between the Sharjah International Library Conference and the American Library Association has proven fruitful and demonstrates the power of a united vision to inspire passion for libraries and literature.
Michael Dowling, Director of Chapter and International Relations for ALA, praised the sustainability of the conference after a decade of successful annual gatherings in Sharjah. He acknowledged the support of the emirate and its contribution to making the event a significant milestone for the library industry. This year’s conference focused on the influence of artificial intelligence in libraries and the role of libraries in addressing climate change. Other important topics included professional development, reading in schools, and improving global educational standards.
One of the conference’s highlights was a series of discussions led by global experts. Topics ranged from the role of school librarians in facilitating student growth to the implementation of virtual reality technologies in libraries. The importance of libraries in climate action and advocacy was also emphasized, with experts showcasing practical initiatives implemented by libraries to address global challenges.
The conference concluded with a session dedicated to Library Associations, offering valuable information and resources to industry professionals. Representatives from esteemed library associations, including the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information, the American Library Association, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, shared insights and perspectives.
Certificates were distributed to recognize the contributions and achievements of conference attendees. The knowledge and experiences gained during the two-day event will undoubtedly shape the future of libraries not only in the United Arab Emirates but around the world.
The success of the Sharjah International Library Conference’s 10th anniversary edition highlights its significance as a leading global event in the library industry. The conference provided a platform for collaboration, learning, and networking among professionals determined to create dynamic libraries that inspire knowledge and innovation.