Call for Participation for the forthcoming 5th International Summit of the Book 2016, Limerick City, Ireland

By City of Literature | Posted: Friday July 22, 2016

Please note the information below and consider whether you may wish to respond to the call and/or to make suggestions for possible suitable speakers for this prestigious conference coming to Limerick, Ireland in November 2016.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian and Chair of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Management Group is assisting the committee with dissemination of information and recommendations for potential speakers etc.

The conference offers a unique international platform for discussion on the Book.

Responses to :

Jerald Cavanagh
Institute Librarian
Limerick Institute of Technology
Moylish Park

Tel 00353 61 293806
Mob 00353 86 8366726

Please find below the information Margaret Hayes received from Jerald Cavanagh

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, and other partners, I am pleased to announce Call for Participation for the forthcoming 5th International Summit of the Book 2016, Limerick City, Ireland,

November 2nd-3rd 2016

The main theme of this prestigious global conference is:

“Words are all we have” [Samuel Becket 1909-1989] The Book: History, Knowledge & Technology. The Voyage.

The Summit invites suggestions for potential invited speakers and paper submissions focusing on the following sub-themes:


• Technology and Manuscripts
• Books & Cultural Exchange
• eBooks Versus Print Books
• Book Industry Challenges in Europe
• Books, Reading and the Society
• Books and Knowledge Economy
• Future of the book
• Role of the book in human knowledge and culture
• Rare Books
• Literacy
• Preservation through digitization
• Archival repositories and special collections
• Preservation and the library as a sacred institution
• Book manufacture in modern times
• Etymology & history of the Book
• Information Explosion and the Book
• Libraries and challenges for the future


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 go to: 


Registration for the Summit is now open!

To register please go to


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.

For further information: please visit the 5th International Summit of the Book website 

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and follow LIT Library Twitter page @LIRC_Limerick and hashtag #BookSummitIRL for updates on our speakers and further details on the event.

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