Our Next FIL Online event – 26 June 2024

Our next event will take place on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

We would like to hear from anybody who would be interested in presenting at the event – anything from a lightning talk to a full one-hour session or even a topic for discussion or something you would be interested in learning more about from others.

Please contact Amanda Foster (Amanda.foster@nortumbria.ac.uk) if you would like to volunteer to contribute to the event or if you might be interested in joining our committee.

Booking is not yet open – watch this space

Booking for Interlend 2021 is now closed

Interlend 2021: ILL in the ‘New Normal’ will be our 2nd online event for interlending professionals on Wednesday 30th June 2021. Like everyone else, we are looking to the future and considering what ILLs and Interlending may look like in a post-Covid world.

Book your place here.

The event will be hosted on Zoom and our licence does limit numbers; in the event that we are oversubscribed, we will create a waiting list on a first-come first-served basis. Instructions and the link to join the event will be sent to registered attendees nearer the actual day.


FIL members – £30

Non-Members: £50

Please do get in touch if you have any questions: fil.comittee@gmail.com.

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 fil.committee@gmail.com

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 fil.committee@gmail.com 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 fil.committee@gmail.com
For more information about FIL, including how to join, please visit the FIL website at www.forumforinterlending.org.uk

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.