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The 4th International Summit of the Book

6-7 November, 2015
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center (BACC), the Great Hall
Friday 6 November, 2015
12:30 – 13:30
Registration (Entrance of the BA Main Library – Registration Desk)
13:30 – 14:00
MARC 21 Arabic Full Edition Launch Ceremony
(Library Main Entrance / Auditorium)
14:00 – 14:30
Celebrating the donation of NLB, Singapore and its 50th anniversary (Main Library)

Address by:
1. Dr. Ismail Serageldin – Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
2. Ms. Tay Ai Cheng – Deputy Chief Executive of the National Library Board, Singapore
3. Mr. Mark Seah - Deputy Chief of Mission, Singapore Embassy in Cairo
14:30 – 15:00 Visit to “Our Digital World”
15:00 – 16:00 Light Lunch Break
16:00 – 16:45
Opening Session 
Mr. Helmy El Namnam – Minister of Culture, Egypt (to be confirmed)
Ms. Jennefer Nicolson –The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Secretary General
Dr. Khaled El Halaby – President of the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI)
Mr. John Tsebe –President of the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA)
Ambassador Abdelraouf El-Reedy – Chairman of the Board of Misr Public Library, Egypt
Dr. Raouf Abdelhafiz Helal –Director of Egyptian National Library and Archives, Egypt
Dr. Ismail Serageldin – Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
16:45 – 17:15

Keynote Speech

Systems and Methods for Assembling a Curated Library

Dr. Salah Khalil, Founding Director, Macat International Limited, UK

17:15 – 17:40 Coffee Break
17:40 – 18:50

Session One: Technology and Manuscripts
Chairperson: Dr. Ismail Serageldin – Director of the BA

1. State-of-the-Art Applications of Spectral Imaging to Manuscripts from the 4th to the 19th Centuries
Mr. Michael Phelps – Executive Director of Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, USA
2. WDL
Dr. John Van Oudenaren – Director, World Digital Library, the Library of Congress / Dr. Ismail Serageldin – Director of the BA
3.Investigation of Historical Manuscripts Based on Multi-Spectral Imaging
Ms. Melanie Gau – Research Fellow at the Computer Vision Lab (CVL), Technical University Vienna (TUW), Austria
Speaker 4  
Q & A
18:50 – 19:30 BA Tour (Main Library Building) – Optional
Saturday 7 November, 2015
09:00 – 10:30  Session Two: Books & Cultural Exchange
Chairperson: Dr. Sohir Elshami, Professor, French Department, University of Alexandria, Egypt

1. Role of Translation in Building the Nation-State in Modern Egypt Since the Nineteenth Century
Dr. Mustafa Riad – Professor, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University, Egypt
2. On n'arrête pas le progress (in French)
Dr. Azza HeikalProfesseur émérite de l'Université d'Alexandrie a enseigné à l'INALCO et à la Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
3. Le cheikh al Messery, un ouléma alexandrin chez Napoléon Bonaparte (in French)
Dr. Ahmed Youssef, écrivain et membre de l'Institut d'Egypte
Q & A
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:10 

Session Three: E-Books Versus Print Books
Chairperson: Dr. Amira Nowaira, Professor, English Department, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University

1. Psychological and Pedagogical Considerations in Digital Textbook Use and Development
Dr. Elena Railean, Ph.D, European University of Moldova
2. Changing Interfaces of Reading
Dr. Anne Mangen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, the National Centre for Reading Education and Research, University of Stavanger, Norway
3. Making Sense of the Features in Interactive eBooks: Considerations and Recommendations
Dr. Jordan Schugar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Q & A
12:10 – 13:10  Light Lunch Break
13:10 – 14:30 

Session Four: Book Industry Challenges in the Arab World (Discussion)
Chairperson: Dr. Emad Abu Ghazi, Former Minister of Culture and Professor of Archival Studies, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, Egypt

Speaker 1: Mr. Mohamed Aly Farahat, Journalist, Al-Hayat Journal, Lebanon
Speaker 2: Dr. IMAN Ezzeldin, Professor at the Department of Drama and Theatre Criticism, Faculty of Arts, Ain-Shams University, Egypt, Faculty of Arts, Ain-Shams University, Egypt
Speaker 3: Dr. Hassan El Ouazzani, Director of Books, Reservoirs and Archives, Ministry of Culture, Morocco
Speaker 4: Dr. Gaber Asfour – Former Minister of Culture, Egypt
Q & A
14:30 – 15:00  Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:10 

Session Five: Book Industry Challenges in Africa
Chairperson: Dr. Nadia El Kholy – Professor of English Literature, Cairo University, Egypt

1. Turning the Page: ِA Library Perspective on the Book Industry in Transition South Africa
Dr. Buhle Mbambo-Thata – Executive Director of Library Services, UNISA South Africa
2. The Publishing Industry in Ghana, Any Hope for the Future?
Dr. Helena R. Asamoah-Hassan – AfLIA Executive Director, Ghana
3. The Mega-trends of Industrialization and the Knowledge Economy in Africa: The Book Industry in Perspective
Dr. Aida Opoku-Mensah – Special Advisor: Post-2015 Development Agenda, Financing for Development Focal Person, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Ethiopia, Ethiopia
Q & A
16:10 –16:30 

Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:40 Session Six: Books, Reading and the Society
Chairperson: Mr. John Tsebe – AfLIA president

1. Society's Demand for Books in Africa, and Around the World: Past, Present, and Future
Dr. Patrick Plonski– Executive Director, Books for Africa, USA
2. Books for Development in Nigeria
Dr. Victoria Okojie –Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), and Chair, IFLA Division V, Nigeria
3. Child .. Book .. Today
Ms. Abeer Salih Zakaria Head of Children Library, Kuwait National Library, Kuwait
Q & A
17:40 – 18:00 Closing Session