Call for Papers – 10th International Summit of the Book 2021 & WBIMLC 2021 December 9th-10th Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina (also virtual)

10th International Summit of the Book 2021.
Of all things, I liked books best, Nikola Tesla (1856-1943).


Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference 2021.​

Theme: Epistemology: Opinion, Belief and the Reality. 

Dates: December 9th-10th 2021 , 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: 16th October 2021.

Keynote Speakers   

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

Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google (co-designer of the architecture of the Internet).

Paul G. Zurkowski, Information Literacy Founder and Visionary.

Christine Bruce, Dean, Graduate Research at James Cook University, Australia.

Sanda Erdelez, Chair-elect for the iSchools Organisation and Professor and Director at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.

Frode Alexander Hegland, Software Developer, Editor of ‘The Future of Text’ book and host of the annual Future of Text

More to be Announced soon! 

Booking arrangements

This is a full-scale conference event incorporating two major international library conferences taking placeas a live event and online. 

  • full, two 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 live and online, 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 attending on-site to meet and for those participating online 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 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 :

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: 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:

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 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 year’s International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC 2020, Online was the main expression of both conferences.

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