The theme of the conference is Beyond the Paywall: Resource Sharing in a Disruptive Ecosystem.

An in-process program is listed below.

We will announce program updates over the coming months and also post these to social media (Facebook, #ifla ilds 2019; Twitter, #ilds2019).

The conference language will be English and all presentations will take place in Balling Hall at the National Library of Technology in Prague (NTK).

As the program develops, if you have any questions or wish to be informed about program updates via email, please contact us:


Day Before, Tuesday, October 8

17:00+: Pre-Conference social event for committee members and early arrivers (Gallery NTK)


Day One, Wednesday, October 9

Themes of Day One: Beyond the paywall/open access, reducing barriers/digital divide, collaborative networks, the needs of scholars

8:00-10:00: Conference venue opens to attendees

  • 8:30-9:30: Optional guide tour of NTK

10:00-10:20: Welcome and Official Opening

10:20-10:30: Introducing Day One

10:30-11:00: [Keynote One] Open Access: the science that is not visible, does not exist

11:00-11:50: [SESSION 01] Perspectives: Reducing Barriers

A Progressive Approach to Reducing Barriers to Resource Sharing: A Canadian Example

11:50-12:00: Recap and announcements

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:20: [SESSION 02] Perspectives: Digital Divide, Open Access, Collaborative Networks

Narrowing the Gap of the Digital Divide: How NSTL contributes

The Conundrum of Resource Sharing in Zimbabwe: The Case of Academic Libraries

Aside from payment: the experience of acquisition and mutual use of resources in the Belarus Agricultural Library (BelAL)

14:20-14:50: Coffee Break

14:50-15:50: [SESSION 03] Perspectives: The Needs of Scholars

From interlending to resource sharing between scholars? – An analysis of recent developments

Challenges and Opportunities for Scientific Research Data Management and Sharing Services in Chinese Library Community

A View from Inside the Resource Sharing Ecosystem: the Role of ILL Services in the Research Process of Scholars

15:50-16:45: Poster Sessions

16:45+: Optional social activities


Day Two, Thursday, October 10

Themes: Power shift, copyright, users, formats

8:00-8:45: Optional NTK tour

9:00-9:10: Introduction to Day Two

9:10-10:00: [Keynote Two] Project DEAL: Plans, Challenges, Results

10:00-10:30: Coffee Break

10:30-11:50: [SESSION 04] Perspectives: Sharing, Copyright

Sharing of content and resources – providing quick and modern services

Digital opportunities in international interlibrary loan – despite German copyright law

Opportunities and Challenges – The Current Situation of Copyright Protection for Document Supply in China

UKRR – a collaborative collection management strategy

11:50-12:00: Recap/Announcements

12:00-13:00: Lunch

13:00-14:00: [SESSION 05] Perspectives: Users, Service Evaluation

Meeting Users in Their Spaces: Key Findings on Discovery to Delivery

In-transit Practices in Multi-campus University Libraries in Turkey

International Interlibrary Loan in a Changing Environment: Results from the 2019 RUSA STARS International ILL survey

14:00-14:30: Coffee Break

14:30-15:30: [SESSION 06] Perspectives: ILL, Format Types

ILL for e-books – experiences since 4 years

When There’s Only One: resource sharing and the predicament of the dissertation request

Is really nothing as old and unimportant as yesterday’s newspaper? – The newspaper and newspaper clippings collection of the Herder Institute facing both old and new challenges

15:30-15:40: Recap/Announcements

15:50-16:00: Group photo

16:30+: Gala Dinner


Day Three: Friday, October 11

Themes: Collaboration, tools

8:00-8:45: Optional Dejvice campus tour (meet in front of Balling Hall)

9:00-9:10: Introduction to Day Three

9:10-10:00: [Keynote Three] HathiTrust and Collaborative Collection Services

10:00-10:30: Coffee Break

10:30-11:50: [SESSION 07] Perspectives: ILL Tools and Technologies

Engineering a Powerfully Simple Interlibrary Loan Experience with InstantILL

Rethinking library resource sharing: based on the DXY academic community case

Project ReShare: An Open, Community-Owned, Resource Sharing Solution

ZÍSKEJ – national system for sharing and delivering documents

11:50-12:15: Summary and Closing Statements

12:30: Pick up bag lunch (“to go” bag)

12:45+: Optional Tours (currently being organized; info coming soon)16th IFLA ILDS Conference Beyond the Paywall: Resource Sharing in a Disruptive Ecosystem. 9-11 October 2019. National Library of Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

With generous support from the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.