Information Literacy: Know it, Teach it, Live it.10-12 November, 2020
Can you make it?

Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hotel Opal - Exclusive 

The official language of the Conference: English

Call for papers

The official Language of the Conference: English

The Organising Committee is pleased to call for papers for the International Scientific Conference of Librarians, “WBIMLC 2020”. The Conference on Information and Media Literacy in the Western Balkans will be held 10 – 12 November 2020 in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Paper Submission:

Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings

  • Presentation

  • Round table discussion

  • Workshops

  • Poster session

  • Symposia

  • PechaKucha

Instructions for authors/download:





Papers should be written in English, prepared using the WBIMLC template, and submitted electronically to this email address 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:

​€300- Early Bird- available up to 31 August 2020 (request for invoice)

€400- Full fees- after 31 August 2020 (request for an invoice)

€430- Payment upon arrival

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: 10 September 2020

  • Full Paper submission deadline: 10 October 2020

  • Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2020

  • Dissemination of final program by: 01 November 2020

Abstracts & papers are to be sent to:






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


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. MLIS, 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 Us

The Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2020 (WBIMLC) takes its inspiration from previous European Union projects such as Tempus Project 517117 Developing information literacy for lifelong learning and knowledge economy in Western Balkan countries. This was a unique, pioneering European Union funded project which developed information literacy for lifelong learning in the Western Balkans during the period 2011-2015. The Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference is now listed among the most important Information Literacy Conferences of the World.

After it followed by European Union Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education (CBHE) project 561987 Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Western Balkan countries through staff development and reforming library services.

As a result of the involvement of leading international experts in the IL field in WBIMLC, the concept of Information Literacy which prior to WBIMLC was almost completely unknown in the Western Balkan region has firmly taken hold and is now embedded in many universities in the Region.

Over the years, WBIMLC has been honored to have some of the foremost authorities in the IL field as Keynote Speakers. These include Mr. Paul G Zurkowski (USA), who coined the term “Information Literacy” in 1974,  Dr. Tefko Saracevic (USA), Dr. Christine Bruce (Australia), Professor Judith Broady-Preston (Wales), Dr. Irina Zhilavskaya (Russia), Dr. Sanda Erdelez (USA), Dr. Jesús Lau (Mexico), László I. Komlósi (Hungary) and many others.

WBIMLC 2020 celebrates the clear enthusiasm and passion of IL enthusiasts not only in the Western Balkans but on the international level. Given the topic of this year‘s Conference Information Literacy: know it, teach it, live it, getting to the truth with Information Literacy WBIMLC 2020 also highlights the relevance of Information Literacy in today‘s world.

The participants at WBIMLC came from more than 40 countries from all continents creating one of the biggest IL networks so far. We are waiting for you to join us.


Dr. Ratko Knezevic


President of the Organisation Committee

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