Call for Papers

Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section

Strengthening access to information: The future of resource sharing

The Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section invites proposals for papers to be presented at a two hour programme which is scheduled to take place in Singapore.

Subjects of interest include

  • Innovations in resource sharing practices such as interlibrary loan, document delivery, 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 
  • New roles for library consortia and new areas of collaboration between consortia members or between individual libraries
  • Demonstrations of new technologies that support resource sharing initiatives
  • Practical experiences with new resource sharing methods and structures
  • Changes, real or proposed, to copyright law, licensing practices, or other legal matters which will strengthen libraries’ abilities to share their resources with one another

Proposals should include

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

Proposals should be submitted to Candice Townsend at this email address: no later than
5 March 2013

Selected presenters will be notified by 2 April 2013.


Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in Word format by May 3rd, 2013. Full papers submitted after this date will be published on the conference web site only. 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 to 25 minutes at the programme 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 Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors : abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of attending the Singapore 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 this address:


All proposals must be in before 5 March 2013.

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 Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 7 February 2013