IFLAPARL Pre-Conference, Warsaw (Poland)

Information as the Foundation for Social Solidarity: The Role of Parliamentary Libraries and Research Services


16 – 18 August 2017


Parliament of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw


This year's IFLAPARL pre-conference was held in Warsaw on 15-18 August, hosted by the Sejm Library and the Senate Analyses, Documentation and Correspondence Office, Parliament of the Republic of Poland. The theme was ‘Information as the foundation for social solidarity: the role of parliamentary libraries and research services’, and the conference attracted 130 delegates from all over the world. The pre-conference was preceded by an invitation-only capacity building programme on 13-14 August, sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The first day was organised by the Polish Parliament, who had the opportunity to present their organisation, legislative process and research/information output. 

SESSION I: Informing about legislative process, debate and parliamentary heritage – communication tools of the Sejm and the Senate

SESSION II: Access to developed parliamentary information – basis for citizens’ involvement in public affairs

SESSION III: Public reception of the information delivered by Parliament

The second day of the conference was organised by IFLAPARL and focused on sharing practical experience of how parliamentary libraries, research and information services develop new products and services according to ever-changing requirements from parliamentarians and citizens, and the impact on quality and planning.  It contained a mixture of keynote presentations on innovation, shorter case studies and interactive group discussions, see list below. The agenda also featured updates from regional networks and IFLAPARL partners, including a presentation on the on-going work to create a new 'World Directory for Parliamentary Library and Research Services'.

On the last day of the pre-conference, delegates were offered the opportunity to take part in different workshops, which you can read more about below. These were well attended, and the presenters did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise. The feedback we collected shows that the workshops were much appreciated.

IFLAParl Family Photo Warsaw 2017Pre-conference session in Polish Senate 2017

See http://www.2017-iflaparl.sejm.pl/ for more information and https://www.flickr.com/photos/senatrp/albums/72157685158286224 for more photos.

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Last update: 26 October 2017