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News: Issue 29
September 2016

Renfrewshire Libraries in running for Libraries Change Lives Award

Renfrewshire Libraries have made the 2016 shortlist for the annual CILIP Libraries Change Lives award for best practice in UK library services. The award recognises community library services that are actively promoting a healthy way of life and assisting people to self-manage various heath conditions. The 2015 award was won by North Ayrshire Libraries for their Appiness programme.

Skoobmobile is Renfrewshire’s specially adapted mobile library outreach service which travels around the county to schools, nurseries and community events to encourage early years’ wellbeing through combined reading, play and exercise. Over the school holidays, ‘Play In the Park’ takes the mobile to parks and green spaces and encourages families to get onboard to listen to a story and complete an outdoor activity trail. Working with community groups, third sector organisations and health agencies, the primary aim of the service is to help improve children’s life chances by encouraging a lasting interest in reading, literacy, physical activity and learning, bringing the opportunities of the public library service directly to children and families where they are gathered in the community.

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Julia Donaldson writes open letter to First Minister

Former Children's Laureate and celebrated children's author, Julia Donaldson, has written an open letter to Nicola Sturgeon asking her to intervene in the decision by Argyll and Bute Council to remove all school librarian posts. 

Ms Donaldson has asked the First Minister to try and persuade the Council to reverse the decision saying, "It seems obvious that the result will be a decline in literacy. I feel sure that as the instigator of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge you are aware that reading broadens the mind and feeds the imagination, and that you would rather increase than decrease school pupils’ access to books and author visits and the caring and inspiring advice which a school librarian can provide.

When I was on an Australian book tour recently, I attended a dinner for school dinner companions were almost incredulous when I told them that in the U.K. there were hardly any primary-school librarians and that many of those in secondary schools were losing their jobs.

I am worried that the situation in Argyll and Bute might set a precedent for the rest of Scotland, and I would urge you to persuade the councillors to reverse their decision.

With so many public libraries disappearing or being run by volunteers it is surely vital that children have access to books and to professional advice."

The letter from the Gruffalo author follows a recent request from CILIPS President, Theresa Breslin, asking the Council to reinstate the posts. The Literature Alliance Scotland have also contacted Argyll and Bute Council, and Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney regarding this issue.

Recently, current Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell has also spoken out about the importance of school libraries.

Autumn Gathering - Earlybird deadline extended

CILIPS is delighted to announce that, in return for the strong support shown by our members during 2016 for Conference, Treasurer Audrey Walker has agreed that the early bird offer for Autumn Gathering should be extended until the end of September. The handful of remaining places can still be booked at the reduced rate until the 30th September. Our East Branch is also offering a sponsored place for the event. 

Scottish Government support for public libraries

The Scottish Government have announced £450,000 project funding for libraries as part of the Programme for Government. 21 projects, including two national initiatives are to be awarded funding to encourage increased library use and highlight libraries’ role in literacy, reading, culture and digital participation. The remaining funding will be used to support national initiatives including:

• The Scottish Government’s ‘Read, Write, Count’ initiative.
• The ‘Every Child a Library Member’ programme.
• A pilot to try out a new single library card.
• Book Week Scotland events in libraries and national reading activities.

CILIPS Trustee Board

The Board met on 1st September 2016 in Glasgow and:
  • Agreed to invite Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, to a meeting to discuss the situation regarding removal of school librarians in Argyll and Bute and elsewhere in Scotland;
  • Agreed a financial settlement with CILIP for FY 2017 which includes staff salaries and running costs of £22,000;
  • Agreed to open negotiations with CILIP on a new Memorandum of Understanding including a new financial framework no longer related to membership income;
  • Discussed potential issues for the organisation arising out of the UK decision to leave the European Union; and
  • Reviewed the feedback from Annual Conference and agreed dates for Conference 2017 (5th and 6th June) in Dundee.
Advocacy Toolkit

SLIC has produced an Advocacy Toolkit to be used by the Heads of Public Library Services. Since the launch of Ambition and Opportunity,  Scotland’s first National Public Library Strategy, there has been a heightened interest in public libraries by both local and national politicians.

The Toolkit has been developed to provide Heads of Public Library Services with additional information and tools to promote libraries and library services among elected members and MSPs. 

National Coding Week

National Coding Week begins on 19 September offering the opportunity to learn how to code. Established in 2014, this annual event sees people within the digital industry share their experiences with the aim of empowering adults to experience how accessible and valuable learning digital skills can be.

Future Libraries Hackathon

The Scottish Library and Information Council are holding a Future Libraries Hackathon on October 13th. The Hackathon will see multi-disciplinary teams of students, graduates and entrepreneurs work together to create technical prototypes of new products or services.

Throughout the four day event participants will seek out a business opportunity and conduct user research, hand in hand with the development of a working technical prototype. The event will then end with a demo evening where the teams deliver a 10 minute presentation to a panel of experts.

This follows on from the Future Libraries Mini-Forge event which was held earlier this year. Organised in conjunction with the Carnegie UK Trust, the event allows participants to explore new ways in which libraries can stay at the heart of their local community. 

Heading to Wigtown Book Festival?

Our friends at Scottish PEN are bringing together former chairman of the Intelligence & Security Committee Sir Malcolm Rifkind, investigative journalist Duncan Campbell, and journalist and former MSP Dorothy-Grace Elder to discuss the Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill) and the impact of state surveillance on free expression across the UK.

The session takes place at 12 noon on Saturday 24th September. Tickets can be booked here:

Scottish Parliament Briefings

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE) has published two new research briefings:
Local Government in Scotland:  SB 16-69 Subject profile – local government in Scotland (1.25MB pdf)
Higher Education in Scotland:

A full list of events can be found on our website. If you are aware of an event taking place in Scotland that may be relevant to CILIPS members then please e mail details to

UK wide events can also be viewed via the CILIP website.

Youth Libraries Group Scotland- CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Celebration of Reading Event

Date: 26th September 3.30-6pm

Venue: Central Library - 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG 

This celebration is an opportunity to become familiar with some of the best current books for children. You will be able to participate in voting for the novels and illustrated books to be nominated for these awards.

This event is aimed at student teachers, teachers, librarians, and anyone who has an love of children's literature.

This is a free event, and with all YLG Scotland events, there will be excellent refreshments.



CILIP in Scotland Autumn Gathering

Date: October 20th 

Venue: Glasgow City Hotel

Booking and full programme information:


Dzien dobry Glasgow! Dzien dobry Wroclaw! 

Date: October 31st - 7-8.15pm

Venue: Room 1130, National Library of Scotland

Details: Next year's IFLA conference comes back to Europe, to the city of Wroclaw in Poland.

To give you the flavour of Poland, ILIG is bringing its Informal Talks to Edinburgh where Polish Librarian Sylwia Grabowska will give an overview of Polish Libraries and her work in Scotland and overseas.

Sylwia moved to Glasgow in 2013 to study for an MSc in Information and Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to coming to Glasgow, she studied MA of Polish Philology with specialisation of Scientific Information and Bibliology and worked as a librarian in a regional pedagogical library and a high school library in the Polish city of Elblag, near Gdansk. She is also a qualified teacher. She is currently working as College Librarian in the Scottish School of Christian Mission in Glasgow, leading project development of the library, including cooperation with libraries in Malawi and Pakistan.

Sylwia will give an overview of the history of Polish libraries and development of the Polish librarianship; she will discuss current legal situation, modern issues and talk over major Polish libraries, with focus on the National Library of Poland; and share her experience of work in various libraries across countries.

The event also relates to the following areas of CILIP's Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB):

2.7 Knowledge sharing and collaboration
9.3 Advocacy 9.5 Partnership Development
11.4 Service innovation, development, and design
12.5 Communication skills 12.6 Networking skills

ILIG Informals are not lectures; they are informal, but informative, early evening meetings with a short talk on a theme of international interest plus plenty of time for questions and networking. They are open to all and absolutely free. Light refreshments are served which is why we ask you to let ILIG know you are coming by booking online


CILIP in Scotland Conference 2017

Date: June 5-6 2017

Venue: Dundee Apex Hotel

Booking will be launched February 2017.

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