Schools across Scotland have received a cash boost from the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) totalling £272,000. Thirty-four projects will share the funding which is designed to support creative and innovative projects within school libraries.
The national funding programme is administered by SLIC on behalf of the Scottish Government. Secondary, primary and nursery schools at 21 local authorities have been successfull with the fund which supports activities which meet key education priorities, including literacy development, information and digital learning and health and wellbeing.
All projects were assessed to meet the aims of Scotland’s national school library strategy, Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools. Projects include activity to promote reading for pleasure; storytelling sessions; partnerships with local public libraries and the National Union of Journalists to produce school and community newspapers; promotion of positive mental health; book clubs for parents and pupils; and using digital technology to overcome dyslexia and other reading difficulties.
SLIF was launched in 2017 as a three-year £1 million fund to transform school libraries. A new round of funding is set to open for applications on 10th January 2020, with £170,000 available for creative projects to enhance school library provision.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “School libraries have a vital part to play in supporting literacy and improving attainment right across the curriculum. We want libraries to be the vibrant hub of our schools and further investment of £272,000 through the School Library Improvement Fund will strengthen their role.
“I am very pleased to see recipients focussing on not only literacy but health and wellbeing, STEM, and digital learning and engagement with their wider community.”
Pamela Tulloch, chief executive at SLIC, added: “School libraries have embraced the opportunity to develop new ways of engaging pupils and the wider school community in the school library, enhancing the learning experience and attainment levels.
“School libraries have a vital role to play in the education journey of pupils. Research shows a well-run school library can impact positively on attainment and attitudes to learning. School libraries have enjoyed increased support since the introduction of the national school library strategy and we hope this continues to deliver long-lasting and sustainable benefits.”