Call for Papers

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

Parliamentary Libraries: Past and future



12-14 August 2014


Assemblée Nationale, Paris, France

The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section invites proposals for presentations at the Section’s pre-conference programme in Paris on 13 and 14 August 2014.

The first day of the pre-conference will be led by the Assemblée Nationale.

The second day, 14 August 2014, will focus on the role of parliamentary library and research services in supporting legislators and the process of legislation. We are looking for a high level of interactivity, with the papers providing a stimulus for wide discussion among participants.

The theme for this day will be Research and Library Services working together to meet client needs. We invite papers that:

  • Describe the role of parliamentary libraries and research services and how they can work together to keep Parliamentarians well informed;
  • Present case studies where parliamentary libraries and research services have worked together;
  • Explore the organisational context for library and research services within parliaments, including how they work with other services such as committee services, IT services and public information services;
  • Present comparative studies of library and research services;
  • Discuss the evaluation and assessment of services, especially in an environment of budgetary constraints;
  • Describe the establishment of new library and research services and how they can be designed to meet client needs.

Submission details

Please send an abstract (1 page or about 300 words), in English or French, of the proposed paper to:

Raissa Teodori,  Chair, IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments

Dates and deadlines

  • 7 March 2014: Deadline to submit proposals/abstracts
  • 21 March 2014: Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Standing Committee of the Section and successful proposals will be identified. Details regarding the format and length of the final paper will be sent to candidates whose abstracts are accepted
  • 6 June 2014: Deadline for selected presenters to submit formal papers to allow time for review of papers

Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) plus position and/or title
  • Employer / affiliated institution
  • Contact information including e-mail address, telephone number
  • Short biographical statement of presenter(s)
  • Language of final presentation

15 minutes will be allowed for delivery of the paper during the session.

Language of the session:

Papers should be delivered in English or French.

Additional Information: Activities of the Section at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon (16-22 August 2014)


All proposals must be in before 7 марта 2014.

Please note

At least one of the paper's authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the preconference. All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibilities of the authors/presenters. An official invitation letter can be requested through the conference website:

Congress Attendance Grants

The French 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: 9 February 2014