In 2016 SLIC awarded over £30,000 through the Innovation and Development Fund. Three institutions received funding to help support new and innovative library projects. Dundee and Angus College received £3,500 for research into Further Education Standards, The Glasgow School of Art created a new Zine Collection with their award of £1,675 while the Scottish Poetry Library was awarded £26,084 for These Foolish Things – an innovative project involving libraries and care homes.

Click below to find out more about the individual projects.

Dundee and Angus College received £3,500 for research into Further Education Standards. The project was split into two phases – researching the current FE landscapes, roles and responsibilities (Phase 1) and then building that research into sector-led FE Standards (Phase 2).

Further Education libraries have undergone huge sectoral changes over the last few years and this research provided an updated understanding of the current landscape and challenges.

Project Aims

This research aimed to update the existing FE libraries survey to reflect the changes in the sector. Services could then compare their offerings with a view to developing them as appropriate. The project brought together heads of service with a vision to improve networking across the sector. The data would then help develop comprehensive and sustainable FE Standards.

Project Outcomes

The project resulted in an improved FE library survey, a clearer understanding of the current FE library landscape, the development of a heads of FE libraries group and of FE Standards.

The Glasgow School of Art created a new Zine Collection with their award of £1,675. The project aimed to develop a sustainable inclusive and publicly accessible collection. The GSA library also ran workshops for students and the general public.

Project Aims

The GSA Library wanted to create Scotland's first library Zine Collection which would be supported by workshops and outreach programming. In order to achieve this the library's growing collection would have to be catalogued, classified and shared with the student body of the school as well as the general public. Workshops would be organised for both students and the general public to generate a sustainable, living Zine Collection.

Project Outcomes 

The project saw the creation of Scotland's first expansive Zine Collection which was accessible to all library users. The Collection has helped the library to develop more effective outreach strategies and share knowledge about zines with the wider library and information sector community.

In 2016 the Scottish Poetry Library was awarded £26,084 for These Foolish Things – an innovative project involving libraries and care homes. The project involved creating a ‘library’ of vintage objects and used poetry and stories to work with older groups in the community.

Project Aims

The aim of the project was to offer training and support to libraries and care homes to collect a library of vintage objects, and learn a range of ways of using them together with poetry and stories. The scheme would be community-based, working with older groups and people with dementia, with training delivered by a mix of professional poets, storytellers and musicians. Through 'These Foolish Things', the already established Living Voices project - a Scotland-wide initiative of the Scottish Poetry Library and Scottish Storytelling Centre - would develop and evolve. 

Project Outcomes

The scheme has resulted in several rounds of staff training in Perth & Kinross, Aberdeenshire and South Ayrshire. Several of the care homes involved in the project have now established their own 'library of things' for use in conjunction with reminiscence and/or Living Voices sessions of poetry, story and song.

The outcome has been creative, meaningful engagement with older people using multisensory methods.