The Scottish Library and Information Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ALLIANCE, furthering strengthening their partnership. The agreement was signed last week by SLIC CEO Pamela Tulloch and Alliance CEO Professor Ian Welsh. 

One of the first ventures between the two organisations will be a joint Health & Wellbeing event on Monday October 7th. The event, which takes place during both Libraries Week and Self Management Week, will focus on library staff involved in developing and delivering health related programmes and events. 

The conference will take place in Glasgow and feature both practical sessions and the chance to network with fellow professionals. It builds upon joint events between the two organisations which have taken place in recent years.  

Strengthening the Partnership

The formal partnership builds on the joint work carried out to deliver the Strategic Aims of Ambition and Opportunity: A National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015- 2020 

For instance, in 2017 a successful Public Library Improvement Fund bid developed and delivered health literacy and self-management training for public library staff. The initiative took a cross-sectoral approach, with training sessions held throughout Scotland, and helped to increase both staff knowledge and their ability to offer support. 

The role of public libraries in health literacy also forms part of the Scottish Government’s Making it easier: a health literacy action plan 2017–2025.  

Alliance CEO Professor Ian Welsh commented: “The ALLIANCE is delighted to further strengthen the partnership between our respective organisations and between Scotland’s health and social care organisations and our public libraries. 

“There is a real shift taking place in the way we deliver, support and promote health and wellbeing in Scotland. People in our communities are at the heart of leading this shift. This new relationship will enable us to create innovative partnerships in the way people access, use and share knowledge, information, support and services”