Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section


"Meeting the needs of parliamentary clients: a knowledge sharing session"

[Deadline extended to: 31 March 2016]

The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section is pleased to invite proposals for short presentations for a knowledge sharing, interactive open session in Columbus, Ohio 2016.

Aim and scope

The aim and scope of the session is to share practical experience so that participants can learn from examples of successful parliamentary library and research service projects that have enhanced communication and made full use of new developments in information and communication technologies.

Please share your experience and inspiring stories of how you have helped support the information needs of Members of Parliament and staff in new and exciting ways, how library and research services have been made even more relevant in your own organization, and/or how you have supported your Parliament in enhancing external communication and better engagement with citizens.

There will be four consecutive presentations, followed by an interactive discussion session. Each presenter will get six minutes to outline their project and present a question/challenge to the audience for discussion. Presenters are asked to select a presentation format using a limited number of narrated slides, photographs, video clip or similar to ensure that the presentation is short, interactive and engaging.


Please send your proposals by the 1 March 2016 extended deadline of 31 March 2016 at the latest, with:

  • an abstract outlining your project
  • information on your chosen presentation format (with examples)

Send to:

Karin Finer
Email: and

Lillian Gassie

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel from the Library and Research Service for Parliaments Section Standing Committee.


All proposals must be received by 31 March 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.