Young people are helping to shape the future of Scotland’s public libraries through an innovative new project by the Scottish Library & Information Council and Young Scot.

The Public Libraries Vision Panel will see up to 15 people, aged between 14 and 21, from across Scotland present their own ideas and recommendations on the future of libraries.

The Panel will explore the six key areas of Ambition & Opportunity, A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020, namely: Reading, Literacy & Learning, Digital Inclusion, Economic Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Culture & Creativity and Libraries as Excellent Public Services.

Making Recommendations

Meeting regularly, the Panel will encourage young people to share their own experiences and create recommendations. The feedback will then be used to help develop and meet the aims of the strategy.

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive, SLIC explained: “A key aspect of the public library strategy is to ensure libraries reflect the needs of modern communities. Library services have had to re-consider their role and what they offer in a digital information age. Services have responded with enthusiasm and creativity, and they have adapted to suit the people they serve.

“Through this project with Young Scot, we will ensure the voices of young people are involved in the ongoing development of the service to ensure libraries remain relevant for current and future generations.”

During the project, members of the Vision Panel will also be identified to join the SLIC Board. This will ensure the thoughts and views of young people are heard at the highest level.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, added: “Libraries have an important role to play in helping to reduce inequality across Scotland. The role of libraries in our communities is changing, it’s vital that young people are involved in the conversation and decisions being made about their future. The Public Libraries Vision Panel have an incredible opportunity ahead of them.”

*Are you interested in joining the Young Scot Public Libraries Vision Panel? You can find out more and apply here.