First International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries, Cairns, Australia
Rafael Bal, The Eleventh International Conference on Books & Publishing, Universität Regensburg Universitätsbibliothek, Regensburg, Germany
Welcome Reception, The Eleventh International Conference on Books & Publishing, Universität Regensburg Universitätsbibliothek, Regensburg, Germany

Our History ...

Books, Publishing, and Libraries Research Network

Conference

Founded in 2003, the International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries brings together scholars and practitioners around a common shared interest in exploring the histories, traditions, and futures of books, publishing, and libraries.

International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Publishing

The Books, Publishing, and Libraries Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer-review process. The International Journal of the Book provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the Books, Publishing, and Libraries Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The Books, Publishing, and Libraries Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences

  • 2003 - Cairns, Australia
  • 2004 - Beijing, China
  • 2005 - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
  • 2006 - Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2007 - Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain
  • 2008 - Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2009 - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2010 - University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2011 - University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2012 - Universidad Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013 - Universität Regensburg Universitätsbibliothek, Regensberg, Germany
  • 2014 - Simmons College, Boston, USA
  • 2015 - UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC "The Event of the Book"
  • 2017 - Imperial College London, London, UK


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Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

Jason Epstein

Jason Epstein

Publisher, USA
(2003)

Angus Phillips

Angus Phillips

Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Cambridge, UK
(2006)

Bob Young

Bob Young

Founder, Lulu.com & Red Hat Inc., USA
(2006)

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Professor, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
(2007)

Françoise Dubruille

Françoise Dubruille

Director, European Booksellers Federation, Brussels, Belgium
(2007)

Rafael Ball

Rafael Ball

Library Director, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
(2013)