On this week's blog, we have a special post on this year's Scottish Learning Festival from a couple of librarians who will be volunteering at SLIC's exhibition stand.


“The library is the heart of creativity in any school” - Michael Morpurgo

Held over 2 days, the Scottish Learning Festival (SLF), focuses on Scottish education and you can sign up in advance. The good news is that the event is free!

The theme for SLF 2018 is Collaborating for Improvement. School librarians are experts at working with teachers – planning and delivering learning opportunities for pupils. Many also liaise with their colleagues in local libraries and know exactly how a professional partnership can have a real impact on the services they jointly deliver.

Do you want to be inspired by keynote speeches from scientists, professors and educationalists? A new feature this year is STEM Live with interactive sessions. While the number of keynote sessions and seminars you can book in advance is limited, if other sessions are not fully booked you can ask on the appropriate day.  

The programme is at: https://www.slfexhibition.com/uploads/1/1/2/0/11208538/slf18_conference_programme.pdf

Make sure you visit Scotland’s largest education exhibition with over 175 exhibitors, and don’t miss the SLIC stand where SLIC staff and volunteers are keen to chat to you.


Read about past Scottish Learning Festival events from the Principal Librarian at Falkirk Learning Resource Service below.

The Scottish Learning Festival offers a powerful opportunity for advocacy within a national education context. It gives an excellent platform to promote the work of school librarianship and to highlight how school librarians impact on key education policy documents.

Principal librarians from Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow shared a platform with Dorothy Williams, Robert Gordon University, to lead a seminar at the 2013 Scottish Learning Festival to discuss The National Literacy Action Plan and libraries.

The Government’s vision in the document was to raise standards of literacy for all from the early years to adulthood and the seminar focused on the opportunities that the NLAP offered libraries, with examples from the 3 authorities on how they were delivering on improving literacy.

The session also backed up the impact of school libraries with the latest research from RGU, led by Dorothy Williams. Dorothy reported on the headlines from the research with a very useful infographic.

The sessions at the Learning Festival are 45 minutes long and with 4 speakers, the keeping to time was crucial and the technique used to move speakers on was the ‘gentle’ throwing of a soft toy in their direction!

The seminar offered food for thought for the attendees with the reflective questions of:

  • What difference does a school library make to learning and attainment?
  • What is it about a library that makes a difference?


Inspired? Why not apply to share your initiatives and raise the profile of school librarians. Submit an application for SLF 2019 and tell the education sector all about the value of school librarians.