Transforming resource sharing in a networked global environment

Join us 10-11 August 2016 at the Library of Congress, Washington DC., USA for the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Satellite Meeting. The Standing Committee invites papers on the theme, Transforming resource sharing in a networked global environment.

As library users’ information needs become more diverse and international, we, resource sharing practitioners are trying our best to satisfy our users’ demands by going up and beyond the traditional boundary of resource sharing. Contacting a colleague in another side of the globe became not rare but a daily task for many of us.

However, there are obvious challenges to overcome before achieving a seamless global resource sharing network. The DDRS Standing Committee believes this satellite meeting at the Library of Congress will provide our community a good opportunity to share our experience and knowledge regarding the resource sharing in a networked global environment. Sharing our experience will be the starting point of a better resource sharing network.

This meeting will be held in association with the 82nd  Annual IFLA Conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA. (13-19 August 2016).

Target Audience

Library professionals and practitioners interested in the evolution and future of document delivery and resource sharing services and technologies, with a special focus on the cross-border resource sharing activities and its current status, challenges and solutions, in both technological and administrative aspects, to promote, simplify and enhance the services.


  • 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.
  • Best Practices of Cross-Border Resource Sharing activities.
  • Challenges and solutions to Cross-Border Resource Sharing activities
  • 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
  • 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 


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

  • An abstract of about 200 words in English including a title
  • Brief biographical information of the author(s)/presenter(s) with current employment information (maximum 150 words)
  • Contact details including mailing address, email address, telephone and/or fax numbers

Submit your proposal to the address below by 8th April 2016:
Pentti Vattulainen (Mr)
Chair, IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section

The submissions will be reviewed by the Standing Committees of the Document Delivery. The selection will be based on the abstracts and rated on how well they fit the programme theme. The conference language is English.


All proposals must be in before 8 April 2016.

Please note

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 can be issued to authors.