Call for Papers

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

Development, Transformation and Co-operation in Library and Research services in Parliaments

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12 – 14 August, 2015


Parliament of South Africa, Cape Town

The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section and the Parliamentary Information Centre of the Parliament of South Africa invite proposals for presentations at the Pre-Conference to be held at the Parliament of South Africa, in Cape Town, from 12 to 14 August 2015.

The satellite meeting will focus on the theme Development, Transformation and Co-Operation in Library and Research services in Parliaments. It intends to explore how parliamentary library, research and information services evolve and innovate to respond to the information and documentation needs of the Parliament and other users.

With this focus, we are looking for papers that may:

  • Present case studies where a library/research/information service has adapted its function, and redesigned or innovated its services to meet the needs of its users;
  • Discuss the critical factors that a parliamentary library/research/information service should consider when planning for innovation and change;
  • Offer insights and examples on the application of new technologies in the context of parliamentary library/research/information services;
  • Describe ways in which cooperation with other parliaments or different organizations have affected the development of services and resources;
  • Illustrate how developing new functions can impact the position of a library/research/information service within the parliamentary administration;
  •  Share case studies on how user needs/expectations provide input for development or transformation of services.

Highly engaging papers will be selected with the goal of sharing knowledge as well as encouraging strategic planning, long term vision, and innovative thinking in other parliamentary library, research and information services.

Papers should also reflect the WLIC theme, « Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation »

Submission details

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

  • Raissa Teodori:  Chair, IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments,
  • Lillian Gassie: Secretary, IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments,

Please use as subject heading of your email : "IFLAParl-Pre-Conference"  followed by  your name.

Dates and deadlines

  • 31 March 2015: Deadline to submit proposals/abstracts
  • 15 April 2015: Proposals will be reviewed by a team of 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
  • 30 June 2015: Deadline for selected presenters to submit formal papers

Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) and position or title
  • Employer / 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 papers.

Language of the session:

  • Papers should be delivered in English or French or Portuguese.
  • Abstracts can be in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish

Additional Information:

Activities of the Section at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2015 in Cape Town (15-21 August 2015)

* Please note that to participate to the IFLA general Congress a separate registration procedure is necessary.

  • Open individual Session of the Section: Parliamentary Libraries – Evolving to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century. The call for papers for this session can be found at:
  • Joint Session with Law Libraries and Africa Section:  Access to legal information and legislative data in Africa: the role of libraries and librarians. The call for papers for this session can be found at (keynote speakers + papers selected through the call)
  • Joint Session with Information Technology and Public Libraries:  Technology facilitating access to information: libraries for development. The call for papers for this session can be found at:
  • Joint Session with Knowledge Management Section:  Continuous innovation and transformation of libraries and their communities (Knowledge Café)
  • Joint Session with Government Information and Official Publications and Preservation and Conservation: Preservation and Access Challenges (PACS) for Government and ParliamentaryInformation (Knowledge Café)
  • Joint Session with Social Science Libraries Section: How parliamentary libraries and social science libraries support social – economic policy and programme development for societal improvements: products, marketing and access, and assessment (invited keynote speakers + Worldcafé)


All proposals must be in before 31 March 2015.

Please note

At least one of the paper's authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the satellite meeting in Cape Town.

All expenses for attending the satellite meeting (eg. travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibilities of the authors/presenters.

An official invitation letter for the satellite meeting can be requested to the Chair of the Section Raissa Teodori:

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 10 March 2015