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Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference
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Alternative facts, Fake News, getting to the truth with Information Literacy
Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hotel Opal Exclusive
21 - 22 June 2018

Official language of the conference: English

Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference


About the Conference

Librarians have long been concerned with encouraging the careful and critical evaluation of information sources. Information Literacy, which is the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information”, has emerged in recent years as a critical lifelong learning skill. Today Information Literacy is of enormous importance owing to the acceleration and proliferation of the Internet- that most dynamic and at times uncontrollable of forces. Online information offers both immense opportunities as well as considerable challenges. Messages that reinforce our beliefs are way more powerful and seductive than messages that are true, and they come to us so easily now through the web. As Librarians and educators, we all have a responsibility to counteract the surge of “Fake News”, to fight falsehoods with facts, to decipher the fake from the real, to question ourselves in the fight for truth..

Keynote Speakers

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Egyptian national, is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt, which he headed from its inauguration in 2002 to his retirement in 2017. He serves on many boards and advisory committees for various international institutions. A graduate of Cairo and Harvard (Phd) He has held many important international positions, including Vice President of the World Bank (1992-2000), and professor at the Collège de France, Paris,(2010-2011). He has published over 100 books and monographs and over 500 papers on a wide range of topics, and has received over 36 honorary doctorates. Read more...

Studied electrical engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia; completed Master (1962) and Ph.D. (1970) studies in information science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Stayed at Case till 1985, when moved to Rutgers. Promoted to Distinguished Professor in 1991. Professor Emeritus since 2010. Presented papers at international meetings in 48 countries. Was the president of the American Society for Information Science; received the Society’s Award of Merit (the highest award given by the Society). Also, received the Gerard Salton Award for Excellence in Research, by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Association for Computing Machinery (also the highest award given by the Group). As of February 2018, he has received 4,703 citations in Scopus database (the largest abstract and citation database of scientific journals, books, and conference procedings; excludes self- citations). Read more...

Dr. Sanda Erdelez is a Professor and Director at Simmons College, USA (School of Library and Information Studies). She received her LL.B. and LL.M degrees from University of Osijek Law School (Croatia) and Ph.D. in information transfer from Syracuse University. She was also a faculty member at University of Osijek, University of Texas at Austin and most recently University of Missouri. Dr. Erdelez is a former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of The Texas Excellence Teaching Award and The ALISE Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award. Her research interests include human information behavior, human-computer interaction and usability evaluation in online environments. She has been internationally recognised for her pioneering research in the area of information encountering – application of serendipity in information behavior. Read more...

A leader and spokesperson for information literacy/information skills for learning, Dr. Lau has travelled professionally to more than 60 countries as a passionate advocate for the role information competencies play in our global knowledge society, and the potential of information to transform lives. Having led four academic libraries, with the responsibility for raising funds and building new library facilities at two of them, Dr. Lau currently is a Professor at Universidad Veracruzana, the fourth largest public university in Mexico.With a Ph.D. in Information Science, Sheffield University, England; a Master’s Degree in Library Science, Denver University; and Law Degree at Sinaloa University, Mexico. He has been awarded the title of National Researcher for several consecutive three-year terms, 1989-2018 (Mexico). Read more...

Important dates

Full Paper submission deadline: 08 June 2018

Notification of acceptance: 12 June 2018

Conference fee: 150 €, deadline 01 June 2018

Contact: Padraig Kirby M.A., Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland


Dissemination of final programme by: 15 June 2018

Abstracts & papers are to be sent on:

Selected papers will be published in the WBILC proceedings book and in the Peer Reviewed Education
for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649.