International ISBN Agency en International ISBN Agency – our solidarity with Ukraine <span>International ISBN Agency – our solidarity with Ukraine</span> <div><p> </p> <p>The images of the death, maiming and devastation wrought on the civilians of Ukraine, their homes, hospitals and cultural buildings following the pitiless invasion by Russia have been seared into our minds. This totally unprovoked war on a sovereign, independent country is completely and universally deplored and condemned. It threatens the foundations of democracy and disregards and violates human rights. </p> <p>Alongside all participants of the book sector – authors, contributors, publishers, librarians, retailers, printers and distributors – we call for immediate ceasefire, Russian withdrawal and lasting peace.  The International ISBN Agency and the wider ISBN agency community stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the ISBN Agency of Ukraine who, remarkably, continue to provide advice and support to publishers in their country.</p> <p>We send our thoughts and full support to the people of Ukraine. <br />  </p> </div> <span>Thu, 03/10/2022 - 15:11</span> Thu, 10 Mar 2022 15:11:35 +0000 iia 373 at Annual General Meeting 2022 <span>Annual General Meeting 2022</span> <div><p>The International ISBN Agency was recently able to hold its first in-person <strong>Annual General Meeting</strong> for three years. The meeting took place on 7 and 8 September 2022.</p> <p>We would like to begin by thanking our colleagues at the <cite>Nasjonalbiblioteket (National Library of Norway)</cite>. Without their hard work and cooperation, it would not have been possible for the event to have been the success it was. The National Library runs the ISBN agency in Norway and we were very grateful to our colleagues there. As usual, delegates from the national and regional ISBN agencies across the world were invited to participate.</p> <p>The meeting discussed many important matters pertaining to the ISBN system and the publishing industry more broadly. These included a keynote speech from the Chairman of the International Publishers' Association’s Freedom to Publish Committee; the statutory updates and formal part of the AGM; presentations about publishing in Norway; and a workshop session at which attendees were invited to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their organisations and on publishing.</p> <p>For the first time, part of our Annual General Meeting included a virtual component, so colleagues unable to attend the meeting in Oslo could still watch proceedings. We were delighted to welcome 64 delegates in person, with a further 44 delegates attending virtually. We thank all attendees of the meetings - your efforts and contributions were sincerely appreciated.</p> </div> <span>Thu, 09/22/2022 - 09:54</span> Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:54:03 +0000 iia 379 at