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

Interlend 2020 Newcastle 22nd & 23rd June 2020

FIL is monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the recommendations regarding events and travel provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and information from the Department of Health.

At this stage, FIL is, of course, continuing with preparations for the conference and will communicate on any changes that may arise.

Dublin 2020 Sponsor

Dear All,

Could you please bring the notice below to the attention of your library colleagues, and encourage anyone working in Inter-Library Loans or Document Supply to apply.

The Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery (FIL) is pleased to sponsor one library staff member who is a FIL member in good standing (£75 for institutional, £50 for individual members or £30 for retired/unwaged per annum) to attend the IFLA WLIC Congress 2020 Dublin to be held at The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) from 15-21 August 2020. For more information on this conference, please visit:

  • The winning applicant will have a 2 day place booked and paid for them at the conference by FIL (Monday 17th August and Tuesday 18th August).
  • The winning applicant will be provided with a sponsorship from the Conarls/FIL Development Fund that will cover the cost of reasonable travel and accommodation costs for the purpose and duration of the conference up to a maximum of £450
  • The winning applicant will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation and the FIL Treasurer will reimburse them on presentation of valid receipts / statements, after the conference.
  • The sponsored attendee will be expected to produce a report on their experiences which will be published on the FIL website and also in the FIL Journal (and on occasion present their article at a FIL event). In this way the whole Interlending community can benefit from the delegate’s insight and reflections.
  • Please note that there is an embargo of 1 year on the individual or institute that is awarded the bursary.
  • The draw for the winner will take place on Wednesday 4th March 2020 and the winning applicant will be contacted by email
  • The written report (1500 – 2000 words and pictures) for the FIL Journal must be submitted by 1st October 2020

Please submit applications for the FIL sponsorship by email, please to Jean Christopher, Chair of FIL: by Friday 28th February 2020

Interlend 2020: Copyright Conundrums and other things in the World of Interlending

The FIL committee now invites applications from the inter-lending community to speak and/or run breakout sessions or workshop sessions.

Interlend 2020 will be hosted at the County Hotel, Newcastle on 22nd and 23rd of June 2020. The theme for Interlend 2020 centres on Copyright and its effects on interlending practices and behaviour by new and evolving technologies and how we can meet expectations and challenges in the future, the move to more e-books; inclusive practices; collaborative innovations and reduced copyright restrictions.

Presentation/workshop topics could cover:

  • Interlending & Document Supply Service Reviews
    • Service Development/Practical solutions to everyday problems
    • The impact and implications of copyright law
    • Interlending tools and systems
    • Open access
    • Money Saving Initiatives
    • Meeting the needs of disabled users
    • International interlending

There are a number of different types of presentation you can submit and they are as follows:

Breakout Presentations

Breakout sessions are typically 45 minutes long and can be tailored to meet the speaker’s needs – either chalk-and-talk or workshop based.

Lightning Presentation new for 2020

Lightning presentations are an ideal opportunity for you to report on recently completed projects, innovations or other developments in the field of interlending. Short presentations give you 15 minutes to take a high level overview of key elements of the project and share both what you did and what has changed (15 minutes total).



Breakout Presentations Speakers accepted at FIL events will be able to attend the full conference free of charge, along with one night’s accommodation where required, travel expenses will not be paid

Lightning Presentation Speakers accepted at FIL event will be able to attend as a day delegate, travel expenses will not be paid.

Next steps:

Proposals should include:

Breakout Presentations An abstract detailing your proposal (max. 800 words.)

Lightning Presentation An abstract detailing your proposal (max. 300 words.)

We will also require a short description of your session (max. 50 words) which will be displayed when delegates are choosing their parallel sessions
• A 50 word speaker biography
• Full Contact Details

Proposals should be emailed to the Chair of FIL Jean Christopher by 29th March 2020 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 Jean Christopher
For more information about FIL, including how to join, please visit the FIL website at

We look forward to discussing your ideas further.