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The IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments held its 31st pre-conference in Cape Town, 12-14 August, 2015, hosted by the Parliament of South Africa.  About 100 participants registered for the pre-conference. The event was preceded by an invitation-only capacity building programme, 11-12 August. The programme of the pre-conference is listed below, with links to papers and presentations where available. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

  • Opening address by Secretary to Parliament of South Africa, Mr. M MgidlanaPresentation
  • Innovative Library Services for Information and Knowledge-based Parliament: Case study of the Parliamentary Information Centre,  Albert Ntunja, Rian Thornton & Bertie Van Eck: Presentation | Paper
  • The relevance of rare and historical collections to today’s parliaments,  Ingrid Henrici: Presentation | Paper
  • The implementation of the South African Parliament Language Policy in 2004, Thomas Ntuli: Presentation
  • Implementing a records management strategy to compliment Parliament’s knowledge management initiatives,  Barbara Swartz: Presentation | Paper
  • Contributions of Parliaments to Primary Research: The Research Unit’s Safeguarding South Africa’s Land Borders Project , Calvin Manganyi and Wilhelm Janse van Rensburg: Presentation | Paper
  • Digital platforms and resources of the Parliamentary Information Centre, Rian Thornton & Bertie van EckPresentation
  • The South African Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology Strategy,  Ravi PoliahPresentation
  • The foundation of a network of francophone parliamentary libraries in Africa, Alim GargaPresentation
  • The Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Eastern and Southern Africa (APLESA),  Esther KamauPresentation

Thursday, 13 August 2015

  • A Policy Department of the European Parliament: a new model for research support to Parliamentary Committees,  Iain Watt (Policy Department, Directorate for Structural & Cohesion Policies, European Parliament) :  Presentation
  • Legislative Impact Analysis: New Needs for Better Legislation,  Woong-Jo You (National Assembly Research Service, Republic of Korea) :  Presentation
  • Developing a research service for the Hluttaw, Aung Myat Kyaw – Moira Fraser (Library, Research and Information Services of the Parliament of Myanmar) : Presentation | Paper
  • Building an innovative Members’ Research Service: the case of the EPRS, Etienne Bassot (European Parliament Research Service) :  Presentation
  • The Changing Nature of Parliamentary Systems and Representation – The Challenges & Variety of Initiatives Undertaken by Parliament Research Services in Uganda to Meeting the Emerging Needs, Francis Kintu (Parliament of Uganda) : Presentation | Paper
  • Les nouvelles technologies:  une solution pour les Centres d’Information et de documentation des parlements du Sud [New techologies as a solution for information and documentation centres in Southern parliaments], Mireille Eza (NORIA Programme – Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie) :  Presentation
  • Information and research services’ support to civic participation in the decision-making and law-making process in the Senate of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Dziubecki and Agata Karwowska-SokoÅ‚owska (Chancellery of the Senate of the Republic of Poland) : Presentation | Paper
  • Legislature as a Deliberative Arena and a Discursive Role of  Legislative “Think Tanks”: The South Korean Case, Seong-Ho LIM (National Assembly Research Service, Republic of Korea) :  Presentation
  • Parliamentary Information Services in the Netherlands: What will the future be like in 2020 and how to meet the challenges on the route? Gert-Jan Lodder and Jan Keukens (Information Services, House of Representatives of the Netherlands) : Presentation | Paper
  • Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST), Manju Sharma (Lok Sabha Secretariat, India): PARL Talk Presentation
  • United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library: Overview of Services, Iain Watt: PARL Talk Presentation 

Friday, 14 August 2015

Half-day Workshop on Guidelines for Parliamentary Research Services

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By Ross Becker