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12th International Summit of the Book 2023
Libraries Building Bridges of Hope

Western Balkans Information and Media Literacy Conference 

Media and Information Literacy in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hotel Opal - Exclusive 

The official language of the Conference: English

Call for papers

Call for papers

The official Language of the Conference: English

The 12th International Summit of the Book 2023 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here

WBIMLC 2023 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   

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 After the second cycle of peer-review, selected papers will be published in the WBIMLC 2023 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: 23rd October 2023  

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  04th November 2023  

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 17th November 2023  

Dissemination of Final Programme by:  30th November 2023  

Conference dates: 7th-8th December 2023

Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to:



Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina 7-8 December 2023


* All times are CET, Bosnia and Herzegovina time

Day One

9:40 - 9:55

Opening Speeches and Welcome

Ratko Knezevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Jerald Cavanagh (Kazakhstan) & Padraig Kirby (Ireland)

9:55 - 10:00

Conference Opening

H.E. Adrian Farrell, Ambassador of Ireland in Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

10:00 - 10:05

Welcome from

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), Ireland

10:05 - 10:30

Keynote Speaker: Vicki McDonald (Australia)

Leave no-one Behind: Creating Opportunities for Hope, Healing and Prosperity

10:30 - 10:50

Jerald Cavanagh (Kazakhstan)

In Times of Conflict: The Need for a Peaceful Place

10:50 - 11:10

Angela Repanovici (Romania)

Information Literacy in the AI Era: Exploring the Nexus of Education and Artificial Intelligence

11:10 - 11:30

Padraig Kirby (Ireland)

Digital Services & Senior’s Inclusion (DSSI): The Potential of a Libraries & Communities Alliance in the Post COVID Era

11:30 - 11:50

Carlos Lopes et al. (Portugal)

Building Stronger Academic Communities Through Critical Thinking: Linking ACRL Framework to AI

11:50 - 12:10

Reshma Dangol (Nepal)

Information and Knowledge Dissemination in Case of Nepalase Information Center

12:10 - 12:30

12:30 - 13:00

Jeremiah Pietersen (South Africa Republic)

Information Literacy and Generative Artificial Intelligence: The Case of Stellenbosch University

Keynote Speaker: Ismail Serageldin (Egypt)

13:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 13:50

13:50 - 14:10



Digital Literacy Competency for Presidential Election: Readiness among LIS Students in Indonesian Islamic Higher Education

Pryia Vaidya (India)

Promoting E-Learning to Ensure Digital Literacy Amongst Madrasa Students in Selected Aspirational Districts of India

14:10 - 14:30

Sagin Jay et al.  (Kazakhstan)

Foresight Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning for Rural Kazakhstan

14:30 - 14:50

Gordana Latinovic-Rauski  (Canada)

Recommendations for Future AI Literacy Education: Selective Literature Review

14:50 - 15:20

Keynote Speaker: Jesus Lau (Mexico)

Agraphia: Artificial Intelligence Versus Writing Skills

15:20 - 15:30

Summing up/Discussion at Conclusion of Day 1

Day Two

10:00 - 10:50

Keynote Speaker: Christine Bruce (Australia)

Distributed Leadership Creating Collaborative Cultures – Libraries Building Bridges of Hope

10:50 - 11:10

Elli Georgiadou (United Kingdom)

Social Inequalities, Heutagogy and Technology

11:10 - 11:30

Mustafa Kemal Seh (Turkiye)

Integrating Information Literacy into Foreign Language Classes: Practical Tips for Education

11:30 - 11:50

Mary Sengati-Zimba (United Arab Emirates)

Creating and Maintaining a Sustainable Information Literacy Program Across the University: The Case of a University in United Arab Emirates

11:50 - 12:10

Dani Sarsekova et al. (Kazakhstan)

Upgrade the Information Literacy and Blended Learning for Kazakhstan’s Sustainability

12:10 - 12:30

Pranjali V Bramhe (India)

Needs of Microsoft Certifications to Enhance the Professional Capabilities

12:30 - 12:50

Saltanat Meiramova (Kazakhstan)

The Relevance of Information Literacy and Acadeic Writing in Foreign Language Education

12:50 - 13:10

B. Shadrach (India)

AI Literacy for Information Professionals and Knowledge Managers

13:10 - 13:30

Jerald Cavanagh (Kazakhstan), Padraig Kirby (Ireland), Ratko Knezevic (B&H)

Final words - Summing up/Discussion.


Closure of the Conferences



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

Cavanagh, Jerald M.A. Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Kirby, Padraig M.A. Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, 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. Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

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

Kirby, Padraig M.A. Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, 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

Skulysh Maria, PhD, National Technik University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (Ukraine) and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)”

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 2023”
This year, the International Summit of the Book will be held in conjunction with the Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference (WBIMLC) for the fourth consecutive year. Owing to unprecedented challenges encountered with Covid 19, during the years 2020, 2021 and 2022 and other challenges we have decided to amalgamate these two important international conferences for the fourth consecutive year. 
Despite the dreadful worldwide pandemic, these two important and far- reaching events still took place in December 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Now in 2023, we continue to fight to keep the International Summit of the Book, now in its 12th year, alive and thriving despite trials and tribulations in Beirut, Lebanon in 2019 when the Summit unfortunately could not take place owing to the political situation in Lebanon at that time and the more recent, unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic in 2020, 2021 and 2022 when both WBIMLC and the Summit were held virtually for the first time in 2020 and in hybrid format in the years 2021 and 2022.
In 2023, we want to continue the momentum and tradition of holding our fantastic Information and Media Literacy conference in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which for example was one of the few International Library or Information Literacy conferences that took place during 2020.
This year, we hope you can join us in Bihać, in person or online on the banks of the beautiful River Una, for these momentous and historic events in what will be another memorable year for the library community and all humanity. 
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