Breaking barriers - ISBN conference in Malta - September 2018

Contemporary use and models of ISBN and ISBN allocation around the world

Taking place:

Palace Hotel, Sliema, Malta

Saturday 22 September 2018

The National Book Council of Malta, in collaboration with the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Logos, will be hosting an open conference with a list of speakers on the subject of the ISBN. Librarians, academic and industry researchers, ISBN agencies and students are invited to submit their papers on subjects relating to this topic. The best papers will be published in a special edition of the premier publishing journal Logos, published by Brill.

Themes of the conference are:

  • Current models used by ISBN agencies on ISBN allocation
  • Use of ISBN in libraries
  • Use of ISBN in public entities and cultural institutions
  • Use and models of ISBN in the commercial sector
  • The challenges of ISBN as a universal standard in the wake of new standards by online giant Amazon
  • Scientific models of ISBN serialization
  • Collection, storage and distribution of ISBN metadata
  • The value of publishing statistics such as the ISBN

The conference will be held at the Palace Hotel, Sliema, Malta on Saturday 22 September 2018. Proposals should be of around 250 words together with a short (100-word) biography of the participant/s – these should be sent by 30 May 2018 to Simona Cassano: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Individual presentations will last 20 minutes. Details of the conference and list of speakers will be issued by 30 June 2018. The conference is free of charge and will be open to the public. The conference will also be attended by the Executive Director of the IIA Stella Griffiths and its Operations Manager Nick Woods, who will be giving their own presentations.

Conference Advisory Committee

  • Christina Banou, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
  • Miha Kovac, University of Ljubljana
  • Angus Phillips, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies