Call for speakers


The Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery (FIL) are delighted to confirm that the only UK annual conference specifically for and about the world of inter-library loans, Interlend 2018, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham on the 25 – 26 June 2018.


As the premier UK inter-lending community conference, Interlend annually attracts around 60-80 interlending staff from all levels of seniority with  a large proportion of our delegates being inter-lending practitioners i.e. library assistants rather than professional grades.  They come from all sectors of the Library community, primarily UK based and with perhaps more from HE/FE and Public Libraries than any other sectors.  Interlend is also renowned for offering our delegates practical tips and guidance, as well as broadening their understanding of the world of interlending and as such, we try to encourage all our speakers and breakout session facilitators to keep this in mind.

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

Interlend 2018: Shaping the future together.

The theme for Interlend 2018 centres on the changes affecting  interlending practices and behaviour and how we can meet expectations and challenges in the future bearing in mind technical advances, 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 Nigel Buckley  by 9th March 2018 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 Nigel Buckley
For more information about FIL, including how to join, please visit the FIL website at

We look forward to discussing your ideas further.