9th International Summit of the Book 2020

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


Western Balkans Information and Media Literacy Conference 


Information literacy: know it, teach it, live it

Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hotel Opal - Exclusive 

The official language of the Conference: English

The opening speech will be delivered by

H.E. Myles Geiran

Ambassador of Ireland in Slovenia

accredited to Bosnia and Herzegovina

WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker
Geiran Myles - ID photo.jpg

H.E. Myles Geiran

Myles Geiran studied at Dublin City University (BBS-Financial Markets) and University College Dublin (MEconSc).

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1998.

At headquarters in Dublin he was assigned to the Anglo Irish Division, in the Office of the Secretary General and the Protocol Division.

He has served at the Irish Embassies in France and the USA and at the Permanent Representation to the UN Geneva.

His most recent assignment was as a DCM in Brussels

Call for papers

The official Language of the Conference: English

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 

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  wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org   

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.

Paper Submission:

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

Instructions for authors/download:



Papers should be written in English, prepared using the WBIMLC template, and submitted electronically to this email address wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org. After the second cycle of peer-review, selected papers will be published in the WBIMLC2020 Proceedings and in the peer-reviewed journal "Education for Information" (indexed by SCOPUS: ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649).

Registration Fees:


(Online/Offline Participation)

The registration fee includes the following:

  • Preparation of the Proceedings

  • Promotional materials

  • Welcome drink

  • Refreshments during the conference

  • Galla Dinner


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.

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: wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org



WESTERN BALKAN INFORMATION & MEDIA LITERACY CONFERENCE – WBIMLC 2020“Information Literacy: know it, teach it, live it!

“Beautiful soul weeps deep”
(quote of Ivo Andric, 1892-1975, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nobel Prize in Literature 1961)

Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina 9-10 December 2020

Wednesday, December 09, 2020 (CET) Day One

09:00 – 09:10

Opening Speeches & Welcome (Ratko Knezevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jerald Cavanagh & Padraig Kirby, Ireland)

09:10 – 09:15

Conferences Opening – H.E. Myles Geiran (Ambassador of Ireland in Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina)

09:15 – 09:20

Welcome from Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)

09:20 – 09:45

Keynote Speaker: Christine MacKenzie, IFLA President (Australia) – Books and libraries enabling a sustainable, fairer world through universal literacy

09:50 – 10:15

Keynote Speaker: Ismail Serageldin (Egypt) – Libraries in support of research and learning

10:20 – 10:40


Guest Speaker: Melius Weideman (South Africa Republic) – Drawing paying clients: the visibility of university Information Literacy Courses

10:45 – 11:05

Tatiana Sanches et al. (Portugal) – Improving information literacy in HE in an unorthodox way: the literature potential for ACRL framework application

11:10 – 11:30

Joseph Yap (Kazakhstan) –Practice what we reach: strengthening the librarian’s referencing competencies in teaching information literacy

11:35 – 11:55

Mojca Rupar-Korosec (Slovenia) – Libraries and challenges for the future: data mining and its purpose, benefits and meaning

12:00 – 12:20

Nikica Gardijan (Croatia) – Information literacy and Academic Writing course: University of Zadar case

12:25 – 12:45

Tunc Medeni et al. (Turkey)– Development of a needs hierarchy for organizations to complement needs hierarchy for individuals in today’s digital world

12:50 – 13:10

Cindy Li (USA) – Book and AR/VR

13:15 – 13:35

L.E. Eames (USA) – Is that perception or investigation? Information behavior in a Dungeons & Dragons actual play podcast as a surrogate for student research

13:40 – 14:00

Keynote Speaker: Tefko Saracevic (USA) – The book is dead! Long live the book! Reflections on e-books – diversity, growth, use

Reflections on e-books – diversity, growth, use



WESTERN BALKAN INFORMATION & MEDIA LITERACY CONFERENCE – WBIMLC 2020 “Information Literacy: know it, teach it, live it!

“Beautiful soul weeps deep”
(quote of Ivo Andric, 1892-1975, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nobel Prize in Literature 1961)

Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina 9-10 December 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020 (CET) Day Two

09:00 – 09:45

Keynote Speaker: Ismail Serageldin (Egypt) – Books, text and language

09:50 – 10:15

Keynote Speaker: Tamar Kintsurashvili (Georgia) – MIL for conscious media consumption

10:20 – 10:45

Guest Speaker: Dilara Begum (Bangladesh) – Media and Information Literacy movements in Bangladesh

10:50 – 11:10

Nikica Gardijan (Croatia) – Allevation of library anxiety through information literacy teaching

11:15 – 11:35

Demet Soylu et al. (Turkey) – The role of libraries and information centers in disaster management

11:40 – 12:00

Sara Pek et al. (Singapore) – Cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership for the advocacy of information literacy: The National Library Board, Singapore experience with the S.U.R.E.

12:05 – 12:25

Adekanmi Lawrence Adebiyi (Nigeria) – Information literacy and knowledge economy: the broad technical concepts for Nigerian libraries

12:30 – 12:50

Hanin Abueida et al. (UAE) – The role of the library in developing information literacy skills in Arabic language to Zayed university community

12:55 – 13:15

Alka Rai (India) – Library services during Covid-19: an attempt to bridging the learning gaps

13:20 – 14:05

Ismail Serageldin (Egypt), Frode A. Hegland (UK) & Vinton G. Cerf (USA)  – The future of the text - Panel discussion

14:10 – 14:30

Hunter Murphy (USA) – Generation Z self-assessments and perceptions of information literacy sessions in the business school

14:35 – 14:55

M. Jacob Mangum (USA) – Harris Kempner correspondence ledger: digital preservation through the Portal to Texas History

15:00 – 15:20

Megan C. McShane (USA) – Archival repositories and special collections as tools for designing global pedagogical experiences in information literacy through virtual exchange


CLOSURE OF THE CONFERENCES                                   



Knezevic, Ratko Ph.D., President, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cavanagh, Jerald M.A. Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland

Kirby, Padraig M.A. Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland

Asma'a S. Assim Rabdan Academy, UAE


Asma'a S. Assim Rabdan Academy, UAE

Biscan, Frida M.A. National and University Library, Zagreb, Croatia

Cavanagh, Jerald M.A. Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland

Erdelez, Sanda Ph.D., Keynote speaker, Professor and Director, School of Library and Information Studies, Simmons College, USA.

Halilagic, Dzenita B.A. Librarian, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kazachenkova, Lyubov General Director of the Publishing & Consulting Center 'The Modern Library', Editor-in-Chief of The Modern Library Magazine, the member of Russian Union of Journalists and Russian Library Association, Moscow, Russia

Kirby, Padraig M.A. Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland

Knezevic, Ratko Ph.D., Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Koukourakis, Manolis Ph.D., University of Rethymnon – Crete, Greece

Landøy, Ane Cand. Philol., Academic librarian at University of Bergen Library, Norway

Latinovic-Rauski, GordanaMLIS Manager, collections and information services KAUST - Saudi Arabia

Lau, Jesús Ph.D., Mexico

Meiramova, Saltanat Associate Professor, Candidate of pedagogical sciences, Saken Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Milakovic, Natalja M.A. Head of Russian Corner at the National and University Library of Republika Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ostojic, Jovana MSc in English Language and Literature, Zagreb, Croatia

Penda, Petar Ph.D., University of Banjaluka, Dean of Faculty of Philology, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pilipovic, Radovan Ph.D., Serb Orthodox Patriarchy Archive, Belgrade, Serbia

Popa, Daniela Ph.D., University of Transilvania, Brasov, Romania

Rai, Alka M.A. Ph.D., Deputy Librarian, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India

Repanovici, Angela Ph.D., University of Transilvania, Brasov, Romania

Sapro-Ficovic, Marica Ph.D., Dubrovnik Public Library, Croatia

Saracevic, Tefko Ph.D., Keynote speaker, USA

Serageldin, Ismail Ph.D., Egypt

Singh Jagtar, PhD, Former Head, Department of Library and Information Science, Punjabi University, Patiala (India)

Sobot, Pero M.A. IZUM, Institute of Information Sciences in Maribor, Slovenia

Soylu, Demet Ph.D., Research Assistant Department of Information Management Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey

Stankovic, Beba Senior Librarian, National Library of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia

Telman, Fariza M.A. Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

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