Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Register by 06-12-2020: 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & WBIMLC 2020 December 9th-11th Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina

 FINAL CHANCE TO REGISTER! (by 06-12-2020).

IMPORTANT UPDATE !! Join our great Panel Discussion "THE FUTURE OF TEXT" with Vint Cerf, Ismail Serageldin & Frode Hegland!

9th International Summit of the Book 2020. 

~beautiful soul weeps deep~ Ivo Andric (1892-1975),  Bosnia, Nobel Prize in Literature 1961. 


Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2020.​ 

Theme: information literacy: know it, teach it, live it. 


Dates: December 9th-11th 2020 , Hotel Opal, Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

Summit & WBIMLC Conference website  

To book places, please use our online booking form 

The Registration fee covers participation in both Conferences. 

Abstract Submission deadline: 15th November 2020.​ 

Keynote Speakers  

Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President. 

Ismail Serageldin,  Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). 

Tamar Kintsurashvili, Executive Director of Media Development Foundation. 

Tefko Saracevic, Professor Emeritus at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University. 

Melius Weideman, Founder and Leader of WARC, the Website Attributes Research Centre. 

Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Information Studies and Library Management at East West University,  


Panel Discussion "The Future of Text"

Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.

Ismail Serageldin,  Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).

Frode Hegland, Software Developer, and Editor of "The Future of Text".  

Booking arrangements 

This is a full-scale conference event incorporating two major international library conferences taking place online***  

If you would like to attend the Conference in person please contact Mr Ratko Knezevic, University of Bihać  prior to travel   email:   

  • full, three day programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to 
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders in the Library and Information Science field 
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies 
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using professional online conference platform (convenient for delegates - we’ll provide full details) 
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers 
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, can be made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings 
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely 
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how! 
  • video recordings - including slides - are also available to purchase

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference. 


Conference main themes and topics 

The 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here:  

WBIMLC 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here : 


Paper submission 

Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC should be prepared using the WBIMLC template available here: and submitted electronically to this email address    

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the International Summit of the Book and the WBIMLC Proceedings Book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649. 


Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted: 

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings 
  • Presentation 
  • Roundtable discussion 
  • Poster session 
  • Workshops 
  • Symposia 
  • PechaKucha 


Important Dates 

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th November 2020   

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  20th November 2020 

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 25th November 2020 

Dissemination of Final Programme by: 30th November 2020   

Conference dates: 9th-11th December 2020 

Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to: 


Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors. 


About the International Summit of the Book 

The “International Summit of the Book” is a US Library of Congress initiative. The Summit discusses the development of books into electronic formats and its impact on reading; the challenges facing books and the publishing industry and the role of books and reading in societies. The Summit also discusses key issues on technology and manuscripts, including the role of translation in the preservation and transmission of culture, and books as an important tool in cultural exchange.  In previous years, the Summit has been held across a number of continents in cities that have a global cultural impact in countries such as the United States, Singapore, France, Egypt, Ireland, Romania and Azerbaijan. 


Amalgamation of International Summit of the Book with WBIMLC 2020. 

This year, the International Summit of the Book will be held in conjunction with the Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference (WBIMLC). Owing to unprecedented challenges encountered with Covid 19, we have decided to amalgamate these two important conferences for just this one year.  

We want to ensure that these two important and far- reaching events take place in 2020  despite this dreadful worldwide pandemic.  We are fighting to keep the International Summit of the Book, now in its 9th year, alive and thriving despite recent trials and tribulations in Beirut, Lebanon last year when the Summit unfortunately could not take place owing to the political situation in Lebanon at that time.   


We also want to continue the momentum and tradition of holding our fantastic Information and Media Literacy conference in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the few International Library or Information Literacy conferences that will take place in 2020.  As we all know 2020 is different, unprecedented many would say.  


So we are going to do it differently, Online will be the main expression of these conferences and both the Summit and WBIMLC 2020 will be held virtually for the first time. But we invite also people who would like to travel to Bihać (if safe to do so) to join host guests and speakers in Bihać, on the banks of the beautiful River Una. 


We hope you can join us in Bihać, for these momentous and historic events in what will be an unforgettable year for the library community and all humanity. 


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