Call for Papers

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

Parliamentary Libraries – Empowering Parliaments and Citizens


8-10 August 2012


Library of the Finnish Parliament, Helsinki, Finland


The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section invites proposals for presentations at the Section's pre-conference programme in Helsinki, 8-10 August 2012. The main theme of the Helsinki pre-conference is Parliamentary Libraries - Empowering Parliaments and Citizens

This part of the pre-conference will focus on how parliamentary libraries empower their clients: parliamentarians and citizens. Papers sharing inspiring and surprising ideas and initiatives will be especially welcome. The papers will be presented as part of what we hope will be an interactive session that will enable all those present to share ideas and learn from each other.

We invite papers that:

  • Describe client relations initiatives in parliamentary libraries
  • Explore information literacy programmes designed to empower parliamentarians
  • Analyse the methods by which parliamentary libraries can empower citizens
  • Consider case studies on parliamentary library programmes
  • Look at the evaluation of library programmes from the perspective of empowerment of parliaments and citizens
  • Provoke wider debate on how parliamentary libraries can learn from each other


Please send an abstract (1 page or about 300 words), in English or French, of the proposed paper and relevant biographical information of the author(s)/presenter(s) by 1 March 2012 to:

John Pullinger, Chair, Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

Abstracts received will be reviewed by members of the Standing Committee. Successful proposals will be identified by 30th March 2012.

Full papers will be due by 31st May 2012 to allow time for review of papers and design of an interactive programme to involve all participants.

Additional Information

Please provide information about how you would like to present your paper (for example as a formal presentation to the whole group, as part of a workshop, in a small discussion group with colleagues). Those reviewing proposals will make the final decision about how long you will be allocated to make your presentation or run/contribute to an interactive session.

Please note that the Section also has its own session and a number of joint sessions with other sections at the main IFLA conference.

These are:

  • Parliamentary Libraries: Strengthening Democracy (Parliamentary Section only)
  • Libraries for law and for lawmakers (with Law Libraries Section)
  • Open source technology and mobile devices use and accessibility (with Information Technology Section)
  • Knowledge cafe: driving access & services (with Knowledge Management Section)
  • Promoting global access to law: developing an open access index for official authenticated legal information. Part 2: Europe (with Law Libraries Section, Government Libraries Section and Government and Official Publications Section)
  • The surprising world of government libraries: trends and prospect of new user services (with Government Libraries Section, Government Information and Official Publications Section and Law Libraries Section)


All proposals must be in before 1 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: 3 February 2012