17th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference

Held every two years, the IFLA Interlending and Document Supply conference is being hosted in 2022 by Qatar National Library together with the IFLA DDRS Standing Committee. The conference has moved to September 2022 due to uncertainty of travel in 2021.

Under the conference theme, “Sharing To Heal: Resource Sharing Through the Pandemic and Beyond,” the DDRS Standing Committee would like to challenge the interlending and document supply community to consider strategies and solutions that were created during the pandemic and how libraries across the world demonstrated resilience and used new tools and initiatives to share information.

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing (DDRS) Section plays a central role among libraries and institutions around the world that deliver resources from and to libraries and document suppliers. This section acts as a hub for new trends and developments and provides information about new initiatives, conferences, workshops and cooperative projects with international organizations.

With this conference, the IFLA DDRS Committee would like to address the community’s challenges and resilience during the pandemic and how it survived and helped libraries around the world request and receive articles from volunteering libraries through the Resource Sharing during COVID-19 (RSCVD) initiative, among others.

Key questions we should examine this year are:

  1. How the pandemic impacted the DDRS community, what challenges we faced as librarians and researchers, and what solutions we brought.
  2. How the pandemic changed the face of DDRS and how the service was redesigned through new initiatives, new technologies, more global solutions and collaborative projects like HERMES.

For more information, visit the 17th IFLA ILDS Conference website.