Sharjah International Library Conference File, 2014-2019
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Brief Description:

Files on the Sharjah International Library Conference (2014-2019), a collaboration between the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and ALA, including correspondence and documents on partnership with SIBF, conference documents, programs, articles, and news bulletins on the book fair.

Sharjah International Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in the world, held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It started in 1982 by the Department of Culture & Information of the Government of Sharjah, under the patronage of Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. The 11-day event includes over 900 publishers participating from 62 countries and attracts over 600,000 visitors.

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Record Series Number: 7/2/19
Created by: International Relations Office (IRO)
Volume: 0.4 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 08/17/2020.
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for International Relations Office (IRO) : The International Relations Board (International Relations Round Table) creatred the International Relations Office (IRO) in June 1942 (1).  The IRO was set up to "carry on its work in cooperation with the other committees of the Association whose work had international implications" (2).  The IRO also functioned as an advisory agency for libraries abroad (3).  In 1942-45, the IRO served "as an operational agency for various projects of the Department of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other foundations and libraries" (4).  A "new" IRO was created in 1956 (5).  The IRO concentrated its efforts on library development and the director was charged to "study and investigate the state of library education in various parts of the world" (6).  The director was expected to spend several months of each year in nations on the continents of Asia, Africa, and South America (7).  In 1959, the IRO sponsored (with Rockefeller Foundation monies) a group of ten visiting Japanese librarians who studied reference and advisory services in the United States (8).  The IRO was disbanded in 1972 (9). The office reopened in 1976 before closing again in 1982, then reopening.
Subject Index
Book Fairs
International Relations
International Relations Office
United Arab Emirates
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Arabic [ara]