After the Aix-en-Provence (1979) and Berlin (1981) conferences, the venues have been in various cities and institutions in Europe and in the Middle East. Programs of some recent MELCom International conferences are reproduced on this website.
The audience of the yearly international conference consist of three categories of professionals: MELCom International’s hard core of friends and colleagues, the incidental attendees and the local librarians. Time and again this has proved to be aprofitable mix. For the local librarians of several countries, the MELCom International conference is usually the first time that they get together in an international context. Participants include documentalists, scholarly researchers, small-institute librarians or tenured curators of Oriental collections in national or university libraries, in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and beyond, i.e. North America, Asia and Australia. Last but not least, booksellers and providers of other library material are also regular participants of MELCom International’s annual conferences, where they share cooperation issues and projects with their customers.