The Section on Document Delivery and Resource Sharing (DDRS) is the forum in IFLA for libraries and associations concerned with making information in all formats available throughout the world through a variety of resource sharing and document supply techniques.
The Section’s primary objective is to extend and improve document delivery and interlending both nationally and internationally through the use of new technologies and increased cooperation among libraries and document suppliers.
The IFLA ILDS (Interlending and Document Supply) Conference, held every two years, is being organized this year by the Czech National Library of Technology together with the IFLA DDRS Standing Committee.
With the Prague Conference, entitled Beyond the Paywall: Resource Sharing in a Disruptive Ecosystem, the IFLA DDRS Standing Committee would like to challenge the interlending and document supply community to consider strategies for contending with an increasingly complex global information environment. Key questions we wish to examine at this year’s conference include:
- How should we, members of the global DDRS community, provide a strategic response to a rapidly shifting ecosystem in which publishers, libraries, and users are dealing with new open access mandates, possible “big flips”, new options for document search and delivery (beyond P2P, including direct publisher-to-user delivery), cost impediments, and other challenges?
- Is it possible to leverage our already-existing global infrastructure to keep the library relevant as the ecosystem continues to evolve? How can we contribute to the development of global delivery solutions which are innovative, stable, and resistant to the whims of the marketplace and accessible to all? What might be our roles in the next stages of development of global academic research support (including publishing) infrastructures? In the advancement of trusted public information infrastructures? In relation to regional copyright regimes and in relation to various content format types?
See the Conference Program
Peter D. Collins
Director, Public Services
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania
Seangill Peter Bae
Assistant University Librarian for Scholarly Collections Services
Princeton University Library
Tainá Batista de Assis
Community Service Coordinator
Brazilian Institute of Information on Science and Technology (IBICT)
Reference and Instruction Coordinator
King Abdullah University for Science and Technology
Head of User Services and Document Delivery
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
Coordinator for interlibrary loans
Kungliga Biblioteket / The National Library of Sweden
Senior Consultant, Specialized Academic Services
National Library of Technology (NTK)
International Reference Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
With generous support from the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.