12th International Summit of the Book 2023

Theme: Libraries Building Bridges of Hope. 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.
Organizer: Western Balkans Information & Media Literacy Conference (WBIMLC)
This is a full-scale conference event incorporating two major international library conferences taking place as 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.

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.
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