Call for Speakers: INTERLEND 2021

***Call for speakers***

Interlend 2021: ILL in the ‘New Normal’
The FIL committee would like to invite applications from the inter-lending community to speak at this year’s one-day online conference which will take place on Wednesday 30th June 2021.

The theme for Interlend 2021 centres on the changes in ILL in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

We are looking for people to share their experiences of the last year. This can be in the form of a mini talk or a full presentation.

Presentation topics could cover:

  • Interlending & Document Supply Service – How we adapted to lockdown
  • Service Development/Practical solutions to everyday problems
  • Cooperation, Collaboration and Teamwork – Working together and sharing resources
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Virtual Learning
  • Sharing Best Practice

Mini talks from staff at the ‘coal face’ – New to 2021!

If you are new to presenting, these will provide an ideal opportunity for you to ‘dip your toe’ into delivering a talk in an informal setting to an audience comprising other likeminded practitioners. We would like you to give a short presentation/overview on any recent changes, innovations or other developments in the field of interlending that you have been involved with during this very challenging year. Short presentations give you 15 minutes to share a high level overview of your experiences in the ILL field.

Full Presentations

These provide more time; up to 30 minutes plus time for questions to cover your topic in more depth, though the themes are the same and everyone is welcome to apply.

Next steps:
Proposals should include an abstract outlining your talk or presentation (max 300 words)

Proposals should be emailed to the Chair of FIL Claire Hordern, by Friday 23rd April after which point they will be reviewed by the Committee. The Chair will be in touch with all applicants after this date to confirm or decline your proposal. Submission of a proposal does not guarantee acceptance, and the Committee’s considered selection of proposals is final. We regret that due to time restrictions no correspondence over the decision will be entered into.

If you’d like to informally discuss possible themes, topics or approaches for your sessions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Claire Hordern,

For more information about FIL, including how to join, please visit the FIL website at
We look forward to discussing your ideas further.

New Resource Sharing Requesting Service to Support Libraries

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing (DDRS) Standing Committee wishes to inform you about a new initiative that the Committee is launching to facilitate international resource sharing activities during the time of COVID-19.

The global pandemic has resulted in many library buildings being closed and services moving fully online. Because of the current situation, resource sharing activities have become either impossible or very difficult to perform for many libraries. Yet, our users’ information needs remain the same or, in many cases, have increased because of the situation.

Thus, with the help of committee members and volunteering librarians worldwide, the committee has created a simple way for the libraries around the world to request the materials their users need from other libraries who can provide the materials.

We call this initiative “Resource Sharing in the Times of COVID-19 (acronym: RSCVD)” and wish to urge you to use the service. We are offering several fulfillment options:

An Open Access search tool from Open Access Button to help you find Open Access, full-text content available immediately
An article request form*
A book chapter request form*
*All requests will be fulfilled electronically, so no physical loan request is needed.

Link to Request Service:

Link to FAQ:

Upon your request, volunteering committee members and librarians will, first, verify your affiliation and make sure that the request is coming from a library, not an individual. Then, several volunteering librarians will check their collections and provide the materials through the OCLC Article Exchange Service. We cannot guarantee that all requests can be fulfilled, but most of them will be obtainable from the vast digital collections of volunteering libraries.

As a requesting library, you will receive an email notification when the item is ready and the notification will include the link and password to receive the materials. For more information on this service please see the FAQ.

If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact

Special thanks to Joe McArthur at Open Access Button for assistance creating the web pages and search interface.

Thank you,

I wish you all stay safe and healthy.


Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee

Peter Collins (Chair)
Ertugrul Çimen (Secretary)
Stephanie Kruger (Information Coordinator)
Faten Abdullah Barayyan
Andrew Appleyard
Seangill Peter Bae
Tina Baich
Rasha Barakat
Tainá Batista de Assis
Nicole Clasen
Filiz Ekingen Flores Mamondi
Cecilia Ericson
Ibrahim Farah
Joe Lenkart
Clare MacKeigan
Silvana Mangiaracina
Katia Medawar
Jarmo Saarti
Lei Wang
Huifang Xu
Xiaoxia Yao

INTERLEND 2020 Cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the Interlend 2020 Conference, which
was scheduled to take place 22 – 23 June 2020 in Newcastle. The FIL committee has taken
the very difficult decision as a result of the ongoing concern with COVID-19.

Our primary goal is to help ensure the safety and health of conference participants and staff.

We hope to see you at Interlend 2021 and FIL committee members would like to take this
opportunity to pass on our best wishes at this difficult time.

If you have any questions please contact us via