Post-Conference Report from Beijing

Below is the Conference Report submitted by  Mark Kluzek (King’s College London). Thanks Mark !


The 13th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply conference was held in Beijing from 16th – 18th October 2013.  It was a resounding success with a consistently high standard of presentations and a very hospitable, professional hosting of the event by China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS).  With 150 participants from 20 countries the conference was an effective conduit for sharing good practice, innovative ideas and different perspectives in the pleasant surrounds of Peking University.

Conference attendees were welcomed by Pentti Vattulainen (Chair, IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section), Dawei Wei (National Library of China) and ZhiPan Wu (Director, CALIS Administrative Centre Executive President, Peking University).

Themes running through the conference were:

  • Interlending consortia
  • International interlending
  • Evaluations of ILL services and their links to collection development
  • Ebooks and ILL
  • The construction of a resource sharing service
  • New developments and initiatives in ILL and in library services in general

The presentations regarding library services and ILL in China were of great interest to all those who attended.  They covered services and innovations in domestic and international interlending as well as a range of other interesting ideas and developments.

There was an opportunity for attendees to visit one of four libraries in Beijing (National Library of China, National Science Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University Library or Tsinghua University Library).  There were also a number of social events that were very well attended.

22 papers were presented at the conference.  The abstracts and presentations can be found on the conference website – .

Additional information about the conference can be found here – .

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