10th International Summit of the Book 2021
Of all things, I liked books best, Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)
Western Balkans Information and Media Literacy Conference 
Epistemology: Opinion, Belief and the Reality

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 10th International Summit of the Book 2021 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here

WBIMLC 2021 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 WBIMLC2021 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: 16th October 2021  

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  28th October 2021  

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 11th November 2021  

Dissemination of Final Programme by:  30th November 2021  

Conference dates: 9th-10th December 2021

Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to: wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org


Pre-Conference INNO3D WOrkshop PROGRAM,

December 8th 2021.

ERASMUS+ KA203 - Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education:

3D printing support service for innovative citizens Workshop.

(In association with the 10th International Summit of the Book & Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2021).

Pre-Conference December 8th 2021

10:00 - 10:15

Opening address and welcome:

Jerald Cavanagh - INNO3D Project Leader, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), Ireland.

Followed by:

Greetings from INNO3D Project Partners from Romania, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Slovakia

10:15 - 10:30

Overview of the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships 3D printing support service for innovative citizens, (INNO3D) project & INNO3D Blended Curriculum.  Jerald Cavanagh INNO3D Project Leader & Padraig Kirby, INNO3D Project Coordinator.

10:30 - 10:50

INNO3D Modules Dissemination Plan in Romanian academic community, Angela Repanovici, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania.

10:50 - 11:10

Best practices for 3D Printing in Libraries, Manolis Koukourakis, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

11:10 - 11:30

Questionnaires on 3D printing services and competencies in Academic Libraries, José Moura, Ana Alves Pereira, Ana Roxo,  Rosário Duarte, Filipe Silvestre, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:20

3D Printer usage in teaching at UKF, Štefan Koprda and Daniel Tucek, Constantine the Philosopher University of Nitra, Slovakia.

12:20 - 12:40

Library makerspace. UPV and Spain evolution, Santiago Ferrándiz Bou, Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain.

12:40 - 13:00

3D Printing Services as part of the re-engineering process at the UPT Library, Agneta Elisabeta Lovasz, Carmen Sticlaru, Anca Draghici, Simona Bursașiu, Politehnica University of Timișoara, Romania.

13:00 - 13:20

Developing 3D printing training material and courses for different audiences, Ageliki Oikonomou, Adamantia Psallidakou and Ioanna Tsimara, University of Piraeus Research Centre, Greece.

13:20 - 13:30

Questions, Feedback and Discussion.

13:30 - 14:30

Plenary Roundtable Discussion, The Future of 3D Printing in Libraries and Information Literacy, facilitated by Special Guest Jeffrey “JK” Kelly, M.A.T., Expert teacher and Paul Zurkowski colleague, Information Literacy expert from the Universal Information Literacy Association (UILA), United States.

14:30 - 15:00

Final Discussion, Reflection and Wrap up. Close of Workshop

Thursday, December 9, 2021 (Day 1)

09:00 - 09:10

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

09:10 - 09:15

Conference 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 the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), Ireland

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Speaker: Ismail Serageldin (Egypt)
Libraries and Archives: Custodians of History and protectors of Truth in the Digital Age

09:50 - 10:15

Demet Soylu et al. (Turkey)
A Study on the Identification of the Perception of the Undergraduate Students Towards Plagiarism in the Department of Information Management

10:15 - 10:40

Tunc Medeni et al. (Turkey)
Social Services and Information Systems: An Inquiry Into Turkish Context

10:40 - 11:05

Tunc Medeni et al. (Turkey)
An Action Research Into and Model Development for Social Services Provision

11:10 - 11:30

Mary Sengati Zimba (UAE)
Information Literacy Across the University: Building an Information Literate Community at a University in the Middle East

11:35 - 12:00

Summing up/Discussion on morning session
Ratko Knezevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jerald Cavanagh & Padraig Kirby, Ireland. Networking and discussion involving all delegates

12:00 - 01:00


13:00 - 13:30

Elli Georgiadou et al. (UK)
Towards Narrowing the Socio-digital Divide During and Post the COVID-19 Pandemic

13:30 - 13:55

April R. Manabat (Kazakhstan)
We’re Getting Engaged! Fostering Student Engagement in a Virtual Library Instruction

14:00 - 14:20

Amela Colic et al. (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Linguistics Training as a Part of Lifelong Learning for Law Professionals

14:25 - 14:45

Gordana Latinovic - Rauski (Canada)
Design Sprint and Information Literacy. Workshop

14:50 - 15:00

Summing up/Discussion at Conclusion of Day 1

Friday, December 10, 2021 (Day 2)

09:00 - 10:00

Keynote Speaker: Christine Bruce (Australia)
Information Literacy: Epistemology, Belief and Values – Ethical IL. Workshop

10:05 - 10:50

Keynote Speaker: Ismail Serageldin (Egypt)
Creativity and Transformative Innovation: From Tesla to Picasso and Rimbaud

10:55 - 11:20

Keynote Speaker: Tonia Arahova (Greece), IFLA President-Elect

11:25 - 11:50

Guest Speaker: Dilara Begum (Bangladesh)
The Role of LIS Professionals in Attaining SDGs through MIL

11:55 - 12:15

Jerald Cavanagh & Padraig Kirby (Ireland)
Libraries, Information Literacy and Online Learning in a post-Covid World

12:20 - 12:40

Marwiyah et al. (Indonesia)
Information Literacy: Evaluation Using Action Research Approach

12:45 - 14:00


14:05 - 14:25

Joseph Yap et al. (Hungary)
Digital Civic Engagement and Youth Participation: A Survey Research

14:30 - 14:55

Guest Speaker: Jeff Kelly (JK) (USA)
Is Universal Information Literacy Possible?

15:00 - 15:25

Keynote Speaker: Paul G. Zurkowski (USA)
Disruptive technology: from the Book to Information Literacy.

15:30 - 15:55

Keynote Speaker: Sanda Erdelez (USA)
Information Encountering as a building block of metaliteracy.

16:00 - 17:30

Ismail Serageldin (Egypt), Frode A. Hegland (UK) & Vinton G. Cerf (USA
The Future of Text. Panel discussion


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 2021.

This year, the International Summit of the Book will be held in conjunction with the Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference (WBIMLC) for only the second time. Owing to unprecedented challenges encountered with Covid 19, during 2020 and 2021 we have decided to amalgamate these two important international conferences for the second consecutive year. 


Despite this dreadful worldwide pandemic, these two important and far- reaching events still took place in December 2020.  Now in 2021, we continue to fight to keep the International Summit of the Book, now in its 10th 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 when both WBIMLC and the Summit were held virtually for the first time.

In 2021, we want to continue the momentum and tradition of holding our fantastic Information and Media Literacy conference in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  which last year was one of the few International Library or Information Literacy conferences that took place in 2020.  


At last years International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC 2020, Online was the main expression of both conferences. 


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.