Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

  • 10 January 2018, 13:32
Theme: "Transforming Library & Research Services for Parliamentary Impact"

The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section is pleased to invite proposals for short, engaging and inspiring presentations for a knowledge sharing, interactive open session in Kuala Lumpur, 2018.

Aim and scope

Parliamentary libraries and research services play a vital role in meeting the information needs of Members and their staff and, increasingly, in facilitating communication between parliaments and citizens.  In a changing world with ever more sources of information and opinion available, parliamentary libraries and research services are looking for ways to:

  • transform their services in order to adapt to changing customer expectations;
  • innovate to find new, better and more efficient ways of meeting customer needs;
  • develop ways to measure the impact and evaluate the success of their services.

The purpose of the session is to share practical experience so that participants can learn from examples of successful projects and initiatives within parliamentary libraries and research services. We invite you to share your experience of how you transformed your service to respond to new demands or changing expectations.

Topics could include:

  • collaboration or partnership initiatives – working with other stakeholders to increase the impact of their work (e.g. cooperation with other parliaments, governments, research institutes, information services or other types of networks)
  • innovation in practice, from idea to implementation – how to capture ideas, change processes, engage customers and keep up with advances in technology
  • ways of measuring the impact of services– both within parliament and more widely in the community
  • how to assess customer needs and how they are changing over time
  • developing new information channels and communications tools – for example social media platforms, mobile services/apps, new analytical products, public information or outreach services, re-usable data and analysis, presentational aids to promote understanding, etc.

Please remember our focus will be on transformation, innovation and impact assessment

There will be four to six consecutive short presentations (maximum 8 minutes), followed by an interactive discussion. Each presenter will get eight(8) minutes to outline their example and present a question/challenge to the audience for discussion.

Presenters are asked to select a presentation format, using a limited number of narrated slides, photographs, video clips or similar, to ensure that the presentation is short, interactive and engaging.Formats other than PowerPoint presentations are very welcome.


Please send your proposals by 16 March 2018 at the latest, with:

  • an abstract outlining your project
  • information on your chosen presentation format (with examples)

Send to:

Karin Finer


Steve Wise

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel from the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section Standing Committee.

All proposals must be received by 16 March 2018.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Malaysia. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2018 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.