The Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments (IFLAPARL) is an active IFLA subdivision and over 90 parliaments participate in the Section’s activities. IFLAPARL supports the work of parliamentary librarians and researchers in providing information and analysis to members and staff of parliaments in their legislative, oversight and representational work. In addition to participating in general IFLA activities, the section has had a robust publication history often in cooperation with other international organizations such as the International Parliamentary Union (IPU). Additional information can be found at http://www.ifla.org/about-the-library-and-research-services-for-parliaments-section
IFLAPARL organizes an annual satellite meeting prior to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress. This pre-conference focuses specifically on services for parliaments. The program typically includes presentations by the host parliament or parliamentary library as well as thematic presentations by the Section’s members. In the past two decades it has also incorporated interactive management and research focused workshops. The services of parliamentary libraries world-wide are broad and therefore the conference topics extend well beyond library and information and research services to include discussions on information and communication technologies (ICT) and web-based services of parliaments, committee work and services, public outreach and educational programs, and human resource and knowledge management. The US Library of Congress is the host of the IFLAPARL 32nd annual pre-conference for libraries and research services for parliaments, August 10-12 in Washington, DC. The theme of the 32nd pre-conference is “Delivering parliamentary library and research services in an interconnected world”.
Attendees who are currently working in a parliamentary library and/or research service, or who are closely affiliated with supporting parliamentary libraries and research services are encouraged to register for the pre-conference. There are no fees to attend the pre-conference, but participants are responsible for their own travel, meals, and accommodation costs. Priority will be given to two participants from each national parliamentary library, with an additional two participants if there is a separate parliamentary research service. Additional participants from the same parliament will be accepted only if space is available. Registration will open on 8 February 2016 and end on 29 April 2016. We encourage interested individuals to register as early as possible.