Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section


"Parliament and the People: Transparency, Openness, Engagement"

[Deadline extended to: 31 March 2017]

The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section is pleased to invite proposals for short and inspiring presentations for a knowledge sharing, interactive open session in Wrocław, 2017.

Aim and scope

Parliamentary libraries and research services play an important role to facilitate open and transparent communication between legislators, parliaments and the public. Of utmost importance is also to broaden horizons and form external partnerships with peers to gain knowledge and the technical expertise needed to develop innovative library and research services.

The aim and scope of the session is to share practical experience so that participants can learn from examples of successful parliamentary library and research service projects that have enhanced communication and made full use of new developments in information and communication technologies.

Topics could include

  • facilitating for parliaments and legislators to communicate with the general public (for example by enabling re-use of information and research products or responding to citizens enquires)
  • facilitating for citizens to communicate with parliaments and legislators (for example by enabling two-way interaction on various public platforms)
  • developing new channels of distribution, such as social media platforms, apps
  • creation of open, collaborative digital repositories – examples of joint stakeholder projects (cooperation between parliaments, governments, think tanks, research institutes and others)
  • how to build and maintain a network in a community of practice on social media (for example how to best share new research results/publications or ways to anticipate demand for parliamentary research).

There will be four to six consecutive presentations, followed by an interactive discussion session. Each presenter will have ten minutes to outline their project 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 clip or similar to ensure that the presentation is short, interactive and engaging. Formats other than Power point presentations are very welcome.


Please send your proposals by 15 March 2017 the extended deadline of 31 March 2017 at the latest, with:

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

Send to:

Karin Finer


Lillian Gassie

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

Selected presenters will be notified by 15 April 2017.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Wrocław, Poland. 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 2017 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.

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