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About the Conference

The International Association of University Libraries invites you to attend the 43rd Annual IATUL Conference at Zayed University, in Dubai, and the American University of Sharjah, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, from March 13 through 16, 2023.

This conference will offer attendees the opportunity to reconnect, re-engage, share ideas with and learn from colleagues and friends from around the world.

The 43rd Annual IATUL Conference will be hosted by two universities. Monday and Tuesday(13-14 March) will be held at Zayed University Conference Center in Dubai, and Thursday 16 March will be held at the American University of Sharjah in Sharjah.

For the first time since 2019, the IATUL Annual Conference will be held fully in-person.


Key Dates:

Call for Papers and Posters Deadline: December 22, 2022

Registration Opens: October 2022

Notifications of Acceptance: December 19, 2022

Early Bird Registration Closes: February 10, 2023

Registration Closes: February 28, 2023


The 43rd IATUL Conference will be an exploration of forward-thinking in academic libraries and information services and a chance to share experiences of transforming and renewing services, spaces, and resources to add value to our organizations. 



The theme is Libraries Pushing Boundaries with the following conference tracks

Vision, Leadership and Professional Growth

Highlighting value and quality, strategic partnership and collaboration, leading and transforming, work environments - problems and solutions

Digital and Service Delivery

Users as co-creators of services and spaces, spaces for discovery, AI and robots in the library, discovery services and systems, marketing for maximum returns

Developing Capable Citizens

Information- and further- literacies, student success pathways, employability and career support, sustainability initiatives

Impact and Surfacing Research

Sharing and promoting research, managing openness, future-proofing/preservation, #Hashtag social media experiences, mapping Sustainable Development Goals