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.

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.


Interlend 2019 Programme

(Programme subject to change)

Day 1: 24th June
09.00 – 10.00 Registration and refreshments  
10.00 – 10.05 Jean Christopher: Welcome and housekeeping  
10.05 – 11.00 Keynote Barbara Band: Careers of the Future, Jobs of Tomorrow  
11.00 – 11.30 Refreshments  
11.30 – 13.00 GROUP A Visit to Belfast Central Library    
11.30 – 12.15 GROUP B British Library update about copyright and the supply of e-chapters and scans of articles    
12.15 – 13.00 GROUP B Denise Jones: Bits and Bytes    
13.00 – 14.00   Lunch
14.00 –15.30 GROUP B Visit to Belfast Central Library      
14.00 – 14.45 GROUP A Denise Jones: Bits and Bytes  
14.45 – 15.30 GROUP A   Debs Jones-Davis: How we use Tipasa
15.30 – 15.45 Refreshments
15.45 – 16.45 Debbie Hicks: Reading Well and Reading Friends  
16.45 – 17.00 Day 1 round up  
19.30 – 20.00
20.00 –
Pre-dinner drinks reception  
Day 2: 25th June               
09.00 – 09.30 AGM  
09.45 – 10.45 Keynote Kerr Gardiner: Analytics and ILL
10.45 – 11.15 Refreshments  
11.15 – 12.00   Ian Ibbotson: project re:share  
12.00 – 12.45   Alex McIlroy: Delivering on the CLA Licence for Health and Social Care Bodies, Northern Ireland  

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 – 14.15   Lucía Meijueiro Barros: Interlending at Manchester Metropolitan University: service review  
14.15 – 15.00 Joanne Cox: British Library update  
Jean Christopher: Conference round-up and close    
15.00 – 15.30 Refreshments  

The conference fee includes Monday night stay and all meals during the conference. If you need an extra night – Belfast Hilton have offered the following discounted room rates: Sunday at £205 b&b and Tuesday at £184 b&b if you tell them you are with the FIL conference.

FIL@BL Boston Spa, Friday 9th Nov. 2018

Our FIL@BL Boston Spa event details have now been finalised. FIL will provide transport to the British Library at Boston Spa from York city centre (pick up from Memorial gardens, next to the Railway Station) at 10.30am. Booking closes Friday 2 November 2018. Spaces are limited by the number of seats on the coach so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Attendance rate (includes coach from York station, refreshments, lunch and a 1 1/2 hours tour of the Digital Preservation and Conversation facilities and the ‘Robot’ Building):

FIL member: £65

non- member: £90

Please find the programme below.


FIL@BL Boston Spa, Friday 9th Nov. 2018

10.30   Coach from York Train Station 

11.00   Registration/Tea & Coffee/Networking Opportunity 

11.15   The National Bibliographic Knowledge base and Document Supply
Eleanor Mills, Sheffield Hallam University

12.00   Comfort Break

12.10    British Library- Ethos and Repository Update
Sara Gould, Repository Services Lead, Research Services, British Library


BLDSC Tour Group A

13.10   Lunch

13.45   British Library- Ethos and Repository Update
Sara Gould, Repository Services Lead, Research Services, British Library


BLDSC Tour Group B

14.45   Tea & Coffee/Networking Opportunity

15.00   Open Access Button
Joe MacArthur, Open Access Button, Co-Founder and Director

15.50   Event round up

16.00   Coach from BL to York Train Station



Interlend 2018 Programme

Programme for Interlend 2018*

Day 1: 25th June
09.00-10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00-10.05 Welcome and housekeeping
10.05-11.00 Keynote: Ayub Khan (CILIP President) – Rethinking the Library
11.00-11.30 Refreshments
11.30-12.15 Michael Webb & Abimbola Alayo (Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) – BaseDoc: a tool for managing inter-library loan requests
12.15-13.00 Alan Dawson (Bangor University), Marie Lancaster (Cardiff Metropolitan University) & Gareth Owen (WHELF) – WHELF Consortium ‘Reciprocal Borrowing Partnership’ – Sharing is Caring.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.45 Shirley Cousins, Copac Service Manager, Jisc and Bethan Ruddock, National Bibliographic Knowledgebase project manager, Jisc – The Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) and interlending
14.45-15.30 Saskia van Elburg & Nicola Tricker – Plymouth University Library 2018 inter library loan review and BL ILL API implementation – method and outcomes
15.30-16.00 Refreshments
16.00 – 16.45 Natalie Guest (Reading University) – Reviewing and shaping interlending’s place within your organisation
16.45–17.00 Day 1 round up
19.30-20.00 Pre-dinner drinks reception
20.00 – Conference dinner
*Programme subject to change

Day 2: 26th June*
09.00-09.30 AGM
09.30-10.30 Keynote: Donna Lanclos (Associate Professor for Anthropological Research)

10.30-11.00 Refreshments

11.00 – 12:30 Andy Priestner – Lego Serious Play (Group A) 11:00 – 11:45 Rebecca Turpin & Sophie Lindley – International Interlending at the University of Leeds Library 11:45 – 12:30 Amanda Foster & Lee Blyth – From Interlending to On Demand: the journey to digital transformation at Northumbria University Library (Group B)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15:00 Andy Priestner – Lego Serious Play (Group B) 13:30 – 14:15 Rebecca Turpin & Sophie Lindley – International Interlending at the University of Leeds Library 14:15 – 15:00 Amanda Foster & Lee Blyth – From Interlending to On Demand: the journey to digital transformation at Northumbria University Library  (Group A)
15.00-15.30 Refreshments
15.30-16.15 British Library Update
16.15-16.30 Conference round-up and close
*Programme subject to change