Presentation slides from FIL Online February 2024

Below are direct links to a selection of presentation slides from our FIL Online February 2024 event.

British Library session (Richard Ebden, Sam Tillet and Sally Harper British Library Service Update – Click Here.

British Library Results of Survey to Inform Future Collaboration around resource sharing – Click Here.

Future Strategy for Resource Sharing and ILL: the British Library response  – Click Here.

Newly set up national scheme of regional interlending practices (Jane Proctor). – Click Here.

WHELF+ Update (Bronwen Blatchford, Cardiff University). – Click Here.

Event News: Piloting copyright solutions: sustainable digital access to library stacks abroad” (Kate Parson, National Library of Sweden). – Click Here.

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 ( 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

Subscription fee for FIL membership is to be removed at the end of 2023

Many thanks to everyone for attending the recent meeting regarding the future of FIL and the proposed changes. We are happy to let you know that the vote was in favour of removing the subscription fee.

We are currently planning the next FIL event – scheduled for 7th February- and as part of the event will be holding a discussion around the future of FIL and future events.

Your chance to have a say

We are proposing to remove the charge for FIL membership. This change will require a vote from current members.

We have a meeting on 8 November to discuss this proposal which you will have received an email invite to and people can vote during the meeting but we wanted to provide the opportunity to those who do not attend to have their say.

Access the Poll: Click Here

This poll will remain available until noon on Wednesday 15 November.

Full details of the proposal are available below.

Proposal to vote upon

We are proposing to remove the charge for FIL membership. This change will require a vote from current members.


· Membership payments are becoming more complex to process with some institutions requiring information such as VAT numbers and statements on slavery
· Membership numbers are low
· Fee for accountant to manage membership income is high in ratio to credit collected from membership fee
· Training budgets across the sector are tight, many are not able to attend face-to-face events due to conference fees and associated travel costs

Maintaining subscription charge outcomes

· Annual membership- £75 (institutional), £50 (personal) or £30 (retired/unwaged)
· Keeping the subscription charge may facilitate the continuation of in-person events
· Problems in obtaining membership charges need to be overcome
· Committee members needed to organise events

Dropping subscription charge outcomes

· Membership would be open to all to encourage more diversity among member libraries within and beyond the UK
· May encourage more members and attract more interest in committee membership
· Events would move online- cheaper to run and attend
· No accountant needed to manage subscription fees

Booking for Interlend 2023 is now open!

Interlend 2023 will be online again this year, held on Wednesday 5th July 2023 10:00-16:30

We have a varied programme which we hope will be of interest across the different sectors represented by our members and more widely.

Book your place here

FIL members – FREE!!
Non-members: £40

Notice of the FIL Annual General Meeting:
FIL members please note that the AGM is included in the Conference Programme. If you wish to raise any issues please forward them to Caroline, (Caroline Long our secretary, by no later than Wednesday, June 14th 2023 so that they can be included in the Agenda, which will then be circulated to members in advance of the meeting.

A Reminder about the FIL Interlending Awards

FIL Interlending Awards: Nominations
Help us celebrate the amazing service the ILL community provides. You can nominate yourself, your team or someone else entirely. The categories are:

  • Innovation in Interlending: There are always lots of changes and developments in our field. Have you tried something new and amazing? Invented a new way of working? Let us know!
  • Interlending – Above and Beyond: We are looking for individuals or teams who have gone way beyond normal working practice to help another individual or an institution within interlending.
  • Interlending – Rarest or most Random: Have you tracked down the last copy in existence or supplied something to an unusual library? Now is your chance for your story to shine.

(Nominations for the above three categories should be for work done within the last 12 months).

  • Lifetime Achievement: We are looking to celebrate someone who within their working life has made a difference, year on year within Interlending. Is that you, or someone you know?

Please send your nomination of no more than 300 words, clearly identifying the nominee and category, to our chair Amanda Foster, [] before 21st June.

Winners will be announced at Interlend 2023.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

FiL Online February event Weds Feb 9th 2022



10.30 – 10.35 Chair’s welcome Amanda Foster
10.35 -11.10 “CDL and Interlending: from theory to reality?” Kevin O’Donovan
11.10 -11.35 “Document Delivery at the Drill Hall – 3 Universities with One Shared Library” Claire Baldwin
11.35 – 12.00


“Variety is the Spice of Life. Alternative Formats: My Journey So Far” Masniza Sore


British Library Alternative Formats Service Jo Cox
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch  
13.00 – 13.40 “Consortial working: WHELF” Bronwen Blatchford
13.40 – 14.20 Committee led discussion sessions

a) Elsevier repercussions

b) Hybrid working

FIL committee
14.20 – 14.40 British Library Update Jo Cox
14:40 – 14:50 Chair’s closing comments Amanda Foster

Please use our Online Booking Form to secure your place. You should receive an auto-confirmation of your place, but we will only circulate the link for joining a couple of days in advance of the event.