5th International Summit of the Book 2016, Limerick City

Registration is now open! for the forthcoming  5th International Summit of the Book 2016, Limerick City, Ireland, November 2nd–3rd 2016  http://www.summitofthebook2016.com

We are greatly honoured to announce the following list of international speakers:

  • Ismail Serageldin, Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (The Library of Alexandria), Alexandria, Egypt
  • John Van Oudenaren, Director, Scholarly and Educational Programs, The Library of Congress, Washington D.C. and Director, World Digital Library
  • John Tsebe, President of the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions
  • Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)
  • Dr Sandra Collins,  Director of the National Library of Ireland (NLI)
  • Uldis Zarins, Head of The European Library and Director of Development, National Library of Latvia
  • Helen Osborn, Director of Library Services, Libraries Northern Ireland
  • Pádraig Ó Macháin, Professor of Modern Irish, Head of School of Irish Learning, University College Cork
  • Samantha McCombe, Librarian of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast

More to be announced soon.


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.

Delegates who wish to attend the Summit and hear presentations, engage with presenters, network and just enjoy the discussions are welcome to attend.  Registration is open and you are advised to sign up to take advantage of the early bird rates.


Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings
  • Presentation
  • Roundtable discussion

Papers submission deadline: 30th September 2016

To submit a paper please  visit the Call for Papers: http://www.summitofthebook2016.com/call-for-papers/


The  5th International Summit of the Book will be held in the 4 star Limerick Strand Hotel http://www.strandhotellimerick.ie /  located in the heart of Limerick City


Papers submission deadline:      30th September 2016

Early Bird registration deadline: 2nd October 2016

Dates of the Summit:                     2-3rd November 2016


The 5th International Summit of the Book is held In conjunction with the US Library of Congress, Library Association of Ireland (LAI), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Libraries Northern Ireland, the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the Society of National, College and University Libraries (SCONUL), the Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) and other partners.

For further information: please visit the 5th International Summit of the Book website http://www.summitofthebook2016.com/

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/The.5th.International.Summit.of.the.Book  and follow LIT Library Twitter page @LIRC_Limerick and hashtag #BookSummitIRL for updates on our speakers and further details on the event.