Interlend 2019 – Sponsored Delegates

Interlend 2019 – Do you want to be our sponsored delegate?

The Forum for Interlending (FIL) is offering sponsored delegate places at the forthcoming Interlend 2019 conference, to be held at the Hilton Belfast on 24th and 25th of June 2019

The sponsorship award covers the cost of attendance at the conference, all meals, accommodation and reasonable travel expenses.

For more information and news on the conference go to the FIL website, FIL Twitter feed and Facebook page.




Application Process

To be considered, a letter of application should be sent to the FIL chair, Jean Christopher 

This should include:

1. Full name

2. Contact details (email, telephone number, address)

3. Note of availability to attend conference if award is granted

4. Brief explanation of why you wish to attend, as well as the value that you and your organisation would gain from attendance at Interlend 2019 (300-400 words)

The Committee especially welcomes applications from new professionals, library students and NHS and public sector library staff.

As a condition of the award the successful applicant is required to submit a report, evaluation or critical appraisal of the conference by the end of August 2019.  These will be published in a forthcoming issues of the FIL Journal, as well as being used on the Forum’s website with elements being reused in future FIL publicity as deemed appropriate.


The closing date for applications is Friday April 19th 2019.  The Committee aims to notify the successful and unsuccessful applicants of their decision within 5 working days of the closing date.

The FIL Committee will consider all applications and make the award to the applicant whom they believe would gain the most demonstrable benefit from attendance.

A place at the conference has already been reserved.  However, the successful applicant will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements, the cost of which will be refunded by FIL as part of the award.

Good luck!​

Interlend 2019: Learning and Evolving Technologies: their Effect on Libraries and How they are used.

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

Interlend 2019 will be hosted at the Hilton Belfast on 24th and 25th of June 2019. The theme for Interlend 2019 centres on the changes affecting 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

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


Speakers accepted at FIL events will be able to attend the conference free of charge, along with one night’s accommodation where required and all reasonable travelling expenses

Next steps:

Proposals should include:

• An abstract detailing your proposal (max. 800 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 2019 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 – help decide the location

The FIL committee managed to narrow down the location of Interlend 2019 to three locations – two left over from the vote last year and one new location, but again we need your help.

Please follow the doodle poll link and cast your vote to help us decide the location for Interlend 2019.

Each participant gets one vote and we will leave the poll running until 9th February 2018.

Take a look at the previous locations of interlend.