Qatar National Library has been selected to host the 17th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) Conference from 4 to 7 October 2021. The successful bid is the result of close cooperation with Qatar National Tourism Council, which provided support and commitment in promoting this event.
The ILDS conference will bring international delegates from around the world, to the Library to discuss innovative practices, strategies, and experiences in the field of interlending and document supply. The ILDS service is an integral component of the global information network, which consists of national, academic, public, private, and scientific libraries, provides users with access to print and digital collections in diverse languages and formats from around the world.
His Excellency Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library, said: “Interlending and document supply is one of the cornerstones of any library's operations, and continued cooperation between institutions is critical to our ability to serve our users. By hosting the 2021 IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference, the Library is reaffirming our support for this important field, and we look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to participate in these important discussions.”
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Secretary General of QNTC and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, stated: “We are pleased to have won the bid to host the ILDS conference, as it further establishes Qatar’s reputation in the knowledge space. Business events are a key part of our tourism strategy, and is an area showing sustained growth, allowing us to leverage Qatar’s offerings in education, research and knowledge. Through hosting events such as this, QNTC works with stakeholders to attract visitors to our shores and build a sustainable tourism sector. We look forward to welcoming ILDS delegates to Qatar next year for a holistic visitor experience rooted in service excellence and our tradition of hospitality.”
Peter Collins, Director of Resource Sharing at OCLC and IFLA DDRS Section Chair added “The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section is excited to partner with Qatar National Library on the 17th Interlending and Document Supply Conference in Doha. ILDS is the premier global resource sharing conference. In this digital age, information and research knows no boundary, and resource sharing provides the foundation for libraries to support education, research, and scientific advancement. We believe that Qatar National Library will be the perfect venue to showcase presentations, papers, and cutting-edge innovation by industry leaders from around the world”.
Topics to be discussed include resource sharing, copyrights, open science, pandemic effects on ILL services, the importance of digitization on collection sharing, and ways to enhance cooperation among lending institutions.
The Library’s Interlending and Document Supply Service is free for all members.