Today on the SLIC blog Policy & Development Officer Rachel Heydecker from Carnegie UK Trust talks about Phase 2 of Engaging Libraries, which includes four public library projects in Scotland.


Last month the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation were delighted to announce the 14 successful projects in our Engaging Libraries Phase 2 portfolio, including four projects to be run in public libraries across Scotland.

Engaging Libraries Phase 2 aims to bring people into contact with new ideas, topics and ways of thinking, by facilitating partnerships between public libraries and researchers. The successful Engaging Libraries projects from Scotland are focussing on a variety of interesting topics and working in partnership with academics from a range of universities.

Together: Western Isles Libraries

Western Isles Libraries projectDelivered predominantly through the mobile library service in the Western Isles, Together will engage the public with research around the impact and benefits of culture on connectedness, health and wellbeing in rural societies.

The project’s themes will be co-designed with the public, and researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands will work with the library service and Science Ceilidh to explore the research themes creatively with communities.

The project also aims to ensure that future research around health and wellbeing in rural communities is relevant to people living in areas such as the Western Isles.

Sharing Stories: Glasgow Libraries

Glasgow Libraries projectSharing Stories is aimed at a ‘literacy hotspot’ in the East End of Glasgow, and will encourage families to connect with research about how children’s literacy develops.

Glasgow Libraries will collaborate with academics from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee, and bring families into contact with research through accessible, fun, and creative workshops.

The project’s outputs will include a coproduced peer-to-peer literacy guide, which will be gifted to new parents as part of Glasgow Libraries’ Every Child A Library Member campaign.

Pause Not Full Stop: Fife Cultural Trust

Fife Cultural Trust ProjectPause not full stop will encourage people to challenge their own and society’s view of the menopause – a subject which can still remain a taboo. Libraries across Fife will use drama, comedy and a variety of creative activities informed by research to create spaces and settings for conversations around the menopause.

Project staff are currently working with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement to identify a research partner to design and deliver the project with the library service.

Lothian Lugs: West Lothian Council

West Lothian Council ProjectLibraries in West Lothian will work with researchers and the public engagement team at Heriot Watt University on their project Lothian Lugs, which focusses on listening.

A programme of activities will be designed based on the outcomes of listening tours by researchers, where they will listen to the needs and concerns of local communities. There will be a particular focus on teenagers, and by creating a Youth Advisory Group, the project hopes to bring young people into the library to become spokespeople within their local communities and schools.

* You can keep updated on all of the Engaging Libraries projects on the Carnegie UK Trust website and by following #EngagingLibs on Twitter.