Call for Papers

Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section

Innovations in Resource Sharing: New methods, new technologies

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section invites proposals for papers to be presented at a three hour program which is scheduled to take place at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, 11th – 17th August 2012.

Subjects of interest include

  • Innovations in document delivery and resource sharing practices such as interlibrary loan, cooperative collection development, shared purchasing or licensing of electronic resources, collaborative approaches to digital repositories, or other areas in which libraries share resources to fulfil a common goal. 
  • Demonstrations of new technologies which are being developed within these areas.
  • Practical experiences with new resource sharing methods and structures.
  • Innovative strategies for addressing copyright, licensing, or other legal matters which affect the provision of resource sharing services.

Proposals should include

  • An abstract of the paper consisting of approximately 500 words, including relevant URLs where necessary.
  • An attached summary of the author(s) details: name, institution, position, email address, and a brief biographical statement of no more than 100 words.
  • Proposals should be submitted via email to Candice Townsend no later than 9th March 2012.
  • Selected presenters will be notified by 5th April 2012.


Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers (consisting of no more than ten pages on Microsoft Word, including an abstract) by May 3rd, 2012. Papers should be in English or in one of the official IFLA languages with an English translation attached. The language of the session will be English. Presenters will have 20 minutes at the program to present their papers and time will be allocated at the end of the session for an open forum to allow for audience interaction.

Please note that the Program Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors : abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of attending the Helsinki Conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the author(s)/ presenter(s) of accepted papers. Some national professional organizations may be able to help fund certain expenses and a small number of grants for conference attendance may be available.

For more information please contact Mary Hollerich at


All proposals must be in before 9 March 2012.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Finnish National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 8 February 2012