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The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section Standing Committee invites papers for the 15th Interlending & Document Supply Conference, to be held 4-6 October 2017 in Paris hosted by The Centre technique du livre de l’enseignement supérieur (CTLes) which is an operator for the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The conference will be held in Grand amphithéâtre de la Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (Bulac). 65 rue des Grands Moulins – 75013 PARIS

See: conference website

This year the theme is No Library Left Behind: Cross-Border Resource Sharing

The organizers aim at studying international resource sharing, its barriers, problems and also success stories. Come to Paris to hear how our institutions whether public, academic, special or national libraries, can improve the system and provide guidance and support to their users.

The following topics are of particular interest for papers but we also welcome proposals on other topics related to international resource sharing:

  • Open access impact on document supply
  • New models of purchase on demand/patron driven acquisition
  • Opportunities and threats for ILL staff in a period of dramatic changes
  • Copyright and contract / licensing agreement – an uneasy relationship
  • Article usage/journal usage – focusing on low use material
  • OCLC WorldShare ILL
  • The state of ILL today
  • Search engines and ILL
  • Country studies – particularly France but also neighboring countries
  • International resource sharing concerns, such as; delivery methods, payment options, interoperability of systems, computer standards
  • Challenges and solutions to sharing electronic resources such as e-books and e-journals
  • Open source systems and their role in resource sharing
  • New frontiers for library consortia or collaboration between individual libraries


Proposals for papers should be sent to Pentti Vattulainen, (pentti.vattulainen at nrl.fi) no later than 8 May 2017 and should include the following details:

  • Author(s) name, title, institution, and contact information
  • Brief biographical sketch
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (100 to 250 words)

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee (hereafter, the SC) has sole responsibility for the final conference programme. All accepted papers must be:

  • Presented at the conference in English by at least one of the authors
  • Original contributions, i.e., not previously published or under review for publication elsewhere
  • Peer-reviewed by the SC and published in the full conference proceedings and if accepted in IFLA Journal or other peer-reviewed journals.


8 May 2017 – Proposals due to the Standing Committee
22 May 2017 – SC notifies authors whether proposal was accepted
31 August 2017 – Completed papers submitted by approved speakers

Please note that expenses of attending the conference, including travel, hotel, and conference registration fees will be the responsibility of the authors and at least one of the authors must attend the conference to present the paper.

For any questions on the conference or call for papers, please contact Pentti Vattulainen (pentti.vattulainen at nrl.fi)