Morag Andrew has been with SLIC for over 17 years. As our Finance Officer she plays an integral part in the day-to-day running of our organisation. Here she talks about annual subscriptions, SLIC membership and the digital changes she's witnessed over the years.
Hello, my name is Morag and I am the Finance Officer for SLIC. A lot of my role revolves around payments and invoices but I’m also in charge of organising subscriptions, the quarterly VAT return, bank reconciliation, liaising with the accountants and general office housekeeping.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been with SLIC for over 17 years and I’m now the longest running member of staff. I started with the organisation when we were based in John Street in Hamilton, before the office moved to Brandon Gate. We’ve now been based in Glasgow for a good number of years and in our current office on 175 West George Street for just over two years.
During that time, I’ve witnessed the digitisation of working life first-hand as everything has gradually shifted either to electronic databases or online. It’s easy to see why SLIC now offers so much in the way of digital training as it’s now a fact of life. I’ve benefited from digital training myself - learning new accountancy programmes that make office life much more efficient.
Recently I’ve been working on the SLIC annual subscriptions with invoices going out soon after the end of the financial year, running from April to March. During my time with SLIC, membership has always remained steady, with all Scottish Local Authorities being members, most universities and colleges. We also include a good number of specialist libraries and information centres from all around the country as members.
I believe there is a great deal of benefit to becoming a SLIC member. For instance, SLIC promotes the role libraries play in life and supports the measures required for their ongoing development. We also commission regular research which our members find very helpful. Every year SLIC members can apply for either the Public Library Improvement Fund or the Innovation and Development Fund - both of which support innovative and inspiring library projects. It’s easy to see why our members have remained with us over the years.
Looking ahead I’ll soon be working on the Awards for PLIF. The first instalment, going out in July, when acceptance letters are received. I like to make sure that all the successful authorities receive their money in plenty of time.
Outside of work I like to bake and I’ll often bring in a few treats to keep everyone going in our busy little office. Colleagues are always happy to try out new recipes and give feedback, though I’ve not heard any complaints so far which I’m taking is a good sign!
I’ve also been heavily involved in the Boys Bridge for over 40 years. I started off as an officer and I’m now the Captain’s Wife for the same Company. I like seeing the boys make new friends and progress through the ranks, especially gaining the highest award, the Queens Badge.
My New Year’s resolution this year was to try new things and so far, I’ve made great progress. I’m experimenting with new cuisines and recently joined my local bowling club. In my first tournament, our team managed to make it to the semi-finals so maybe I’ve found a new talent I never knew I had!
I enjoy working for SLIC and I’m always impressed with the sheer number of projects we’re involved in. I like to think I keep things ticking along nicely, making sure all the money gets to where it needs to go.