Delivering parliamentary library and research services in an interconnected world.

Presentation slides and papers can be found here

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Time Theme Location
16:00-18:00 Registration and Tour of the Great Hall Jefferson Building Great Hall. Enter through the Carriage Entrance; for more information, see the tips here.
18:00-20:00 Welcome Reception Jefferson Building Great Hall

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Time Theme Location
08:30-09:00 Coffee Whittall Pavilion
08:30- Registration Coolidge Auditorium
09:00-09:05 Introduction and announcements  
09:05-09:15 Welcome Address, David S. Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress  
09:15-09:25 Welcome Remarks, Donna Scheeder, President of IFLA  
09:25-10:00 Opening Keynote, Cokie Roberts, journalist and author  
10:00-10:30 The United States Congress in a Separated Powers System, Valerie Heitshusen and Christopher Davis, Legislative and Budget Process Section, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress  
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break Whittal Pavilion
11:00-12:00 Services to Congress: An Informed National Legislature, Mary Mazanec, Director of CRS; Mark Sweeney, Associate Librarian for Library Services; Roberta Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress; Maria Strong, Deputy Director of Policy, U.S. Copyright Office; Jane McAuliffe, Director, National and International Outreach, Library of Congress. Moderator: Robert Newlen, Chief of Staff, Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium
12:00-12:30 – Access to U.S. Legislative InformationCliff Cohen, Associate Director, Congressional Information and Publishing, CRS, Library of Congress  
12:30-13:45 Lunch Members’ Room (Green); Scholar’s Room (Yellow)
13:45-15:30 Tour of U.S. Capitol Capitol Visitors’ Center
15:30-16:00 The Role of the House and Senate LibrariesRae Best, House Librarian; Leona Faust, Senate Librarian Coolidge Auditorium
16:00-16:15 Group Photograph Whittall Pavilion
16:15-16:45 Coffee Break  
16:45-17.45 Working on Capitol Hill: Why Getting It Right Matters, Khalil Abboud, Deputy Counsel for the Minority and Bob Sensenbrenner, General Counsel for the Majority, Committee on House Administration; Evelyn Fortier, Counsel for the Majority, Senate Committee on the Judiciary; Ben Marter, Communications Director for Senator Dick Durbin. Moderator: Colleen Shogan, Library of Congress. Coolidge Auditorium
17:45-18:30 Keynote Address, Dan Lungren, former U.S. Representative for California’s 3rd congressional district and former Chair of the Committee on House Administration  
18:30- Dinner on your own  

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Time Theme Location
08:30-09:00 Coffee Whittall Pavilion
09:00-09:05 Announcements Coolidge Auditorium
09:05-09:10 Welcome Remarks, Lillian Gassie, Chair, IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments  

Session 1 – Delivering and improving services to clients Moderator: Chama Mpundy Mfula, Chief Librarian, National Assembly of Zambia

  • Who are your users? Using personas to design innovative services. Lynn Brodie, Library of the Parliament of Canada
  • Major initiatives to improve the quality and value of research services: current topics and challenges at the National Diet Library. Hiroyuki Okuyama, National Diet Library, Japan
  • Delivering parliamentary library and research services in an interconnected world: the case of EPRS. Etienne Bassot, European Parliamentary Research Service
  • Legislative impact assessment at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. Kyubeom Cho, National Assembly Research Service, Republic of Korea
  • From business intelligence to political intelligence:bringing political information together. Jérémie Leuthold, Swiss Federal Assembly
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break Whittall Pavilion

Session 2 – Developing and improving tools and processesModerator: Sonia L’Heureux, Parliamentary Librarian, Parliament of Canada

  • Designing a knowledge management platform for the Council of the EU and its member states. Roland Genson, Directorate-General Communication and Document Management, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
  • The “” website. Sangduen Pongput, Library and Museum Group, Bureau of Parliamentary Studies, The Secretariat of the Senate of Thailand
  • The Pupitre system: a desk news system for the parliamentary meeting rooms. Luis Armando González, Library of Congress, Chile
  • Improving transparency, data management and information access in the Spanish Parliament. Josefa Fuentes and Marina Cueto, Archives and Library of the Secretariat of the Spanish Senate
Coolidge Auditorium

News/UpdatesModerator: Adama Kone, Assemblée nationale de Côte d’Ivoire

  • IFLAPARL activities, Lillian Gassie
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) activities, Andy Richardson, IPU
  • Parliamentary Research Handbook project, Penny Young, House of Commons & Dina Melham, Westminster Foundation for Democracy
12:30-14:00 Lunch Members’ Room (Yellow); Scholar’s Room (Green)

Session 3 – How to design products and services that meet clients’ needs Moderator: Ida Kelemen, Head of Information Services for MPs, Hungarian National Assembly

Overview and comparison of two methodologies that can be used to develop new products and services. Adolfo Furtado, Information and Documentation Center, Chamber of Deputies, Brazil

Coolidge Auditorium
14:30-15:15 Break out group discussions on the approaches delegates have used to design and evaluate new products and services Members & Scholars Rooms
15:15–15:45 Coffee Break Whittall Pavilion

PARL Talk: Updates from Regional Networks Moderator: Ellie Valentine, United States

  • APLN – Arab Federation for Libraries and Information, Sladjana Bijelic, Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies, SUNY
  • APLA – Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Australasia, speaker to be confirmed
  • APLAP – Association of Parliamentary Librarians of Asia and the Pacific, Dianne Heriot, Parliament of Australia
  • APLESA – Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Eastern and Southern Africa, Esther Kamau, National Assembly, Parliament of Kenya
  • ECPRD – European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation, Ida Kelemen, Hungarian National Assembly
  • RADAR (Réseau Africain de la Documentatiion et des Archives) des parlements francophones, Alim Garga, Assemblée Nationale du Cameroun
  • RIPALC – Exchange Network of Parliaments of Latin America and the Caribbean, Adolfo Furtado, Information and Documentation Center, Chamber of Deputies, Brazil
Coolidge Auditorium
16:30– 17:00 Closing remarks and evaluation  
17:30 Depart for Pier 4 Wharf, Water St., Washington, D.C. (public transportation and taxis)  
18:30-22:00 Dinner-cruise  

Friday, 12 August 2016

Tours of Library of Congress Collections & Services (pre-registration required)
Jefferson, Madison and Adams buildings
Separate registration required

Time Theme
08:15 Gather for start of tours
08:30-10:00 Early tours (select one only): European Division, Hispanic Reading Room, Geography & Map, Law Library, Preservation Directorate
10:00-10:30 Go to gathering point for late tours
10:30-12:00 Late tours (select one only): African & Middle Eastern Division, Asian Division, Congressional Research Service, Geography & Map, Law Library, Preservation Directorate