Over £33,000 has been awarded to SLIC member libraries through the Innovation and Development Fund.
Open every year, IDF is open to libraries within further and higher education institutions as well as specialist libraries. It supports creative service development and experimental approaches to delivery – encouraging libraries to try new and innovative projects.
This year four projects were awarded funding from a total of 14 submissions. Culture of Encounter involves various partners including Glasgow University Library, the University of the West of Scotland, the University of St Andrews and Napier University. The project was awarded £14,000 to raise awareness of the value of reading as a tool to increase diversity and inclusion. Meanwhile Forth Valley College was awarded £1,200 to fund creative workshops to promote positive mental health and social inclusion.
The Google Arts and Culture online programme is the focus of the National Library of Scotland’s award Extending Access. The library received £8000 to explore the potential of the online platform as a way of showcasing library digital resources.
A joint project between The Scottish Poetry Library and Lapidus Scotland also received funding for their initiative Mapping Creative Words for Wellbeing. The project was awarded £10,000 to map a words for wellbeing landscape and develop a plan to promote positive wellbeing and mental health.
SLIC Chief Executive Pamela Tulloch said: “The IDF is one of our key funding initiatives, designed to offer libraries support to try new ways of working and new services.
“The successful projects demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration. Across the library sector, we are feeling the impact of declining budgets and partnership working is one way of maximising resources. Collaboration also widens access for communities of library users, helping to make libraries as a whole more accessible.
“The projects also demonstrate the breadth of activity that libraries are involved in nowadays. No longer the preserve of books on shelves, libraries are involved in cultural, technical, health and social activities, an indicator of their continuing relevance.”