The SLIC Innovation and Development Fund continues to go from strength-to-strength, with all five projects from the 2022 fund now successfully completed.

Last year £30,000 worth of funding was shared between five projects. These were the Forth Valley College initiative ‘Back to the Books & Looking at the Future’, Glasgow Caledonian University’s ‘Recording Studio in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library’ project, The National Library of Scotland’s Design & Development of Collections Care Resources' Project, the North East Scotland College initiative ‘Ethical Choices, Sustainable Changes’, and the ‘Spotlight on Diversity’ project by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Pioneering Library Projects

The fund supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland which link to the Scottish Library and Information Council’s strategic objectives. It is aimed at those who do not benefit from other funding streams such as the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF).

Last year’s projects included the creation of a unique recording studio in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library at Glasgow’s Caledonian University. The space has created a new addition to the library service which is both pioneering and popular. The library service is now encouraging other academic institutions to create their own recording facilities – enhancing their service provision and increasing community engagement at the same time.

Meanwhile the National Library of Scotland’s Design & Development of Collections Care Resources’ project is helping to promote good Collections Care practices throughout the libraries and archive sector.

Following a period of consultation, a series of films have been created focusing on raising standards of Collections Care. By using an engaging and user-friendly format, the library hopes the videos will provide comprehensive training which can be easily accessed at any time. Plans are now being made to share the video resources with libraries throughout Scotland in public, private, further and higher education libraries and archives.

Funding for Higher, Further & Specialist libraries in Scotland