Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section


"ILL is dead! Long live resource sharing!"

The Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section is organizing an Open Session during the 2016 WLIC in Columbus, Ohio. We invite proposals for papers to be presented at a two hour programme which is scheduled to take place in Columbus.


“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. This misquote is often attributed to Mark Twain, but it could easily be applied to the state of interlibrary loan today. We invite papers of all sorts but are especially interested in hearing your experience from the field regarding the health of resource sharing and interlibrary lending.


  • Resource sharing activities of all types, including: interlibrary loan, cooperative collection development, cooperative reference, direct borrowing, consortial programs, and shared licensing/purchasing of electronic resources
  • Trends in interlibrary lending that confirm or debunk assumptions of long-term viability
  • Open source systems and their role in resource sharing
  • Challenges and solutions to sharing electronic resources such as e-books and e-journals including digitized works
  • Effects of alternative publishing models such as open access on resource sharing practices
  • Innovative approaches or trends in resource sharing in all types of libraries or parts of the world
  • New frontiers for library consortia or collaboration between individual libraries
  • International resource sharing concerns, such as: delivery methods, payment options, interoperability of systems, computer standards
  • Intellectual property rights in different countries or regions, especially as they pertain to resource sharing of electronic resources
  • Methodologies for assessing the effectiveness of resource sharing initiatives

Important Dates

15 February 2016:
Submission of Abstracts
15 March 2016: Decision notification
15 May 2016 Final papers due

Proposals should include

If you are interested in contributing a paper, please send the following, in electronic format (preferably via e-mail):

  • An abstract of the paper consisting of approximately 350 words, including relevant URLs when necessary.
  • An attached summary of the author(s) details: (name, institution, email address, and position) and a brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words.
  • Selected presenters will be notified by the 15th March 2016.

Proposals should be submitted to:

Peter Bae
no later than 15th February 2016.


Presenters will be expected to submit final versions of their papers (consisting of no more than ten pages on Microsoft Word, including an abstract) by 15th May 2016. 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 20-25 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 IFLA 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:

Pentti Vattulainen


All proposals must be received by 15 February 2016.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

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 letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

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