SLIC is commited to innovation, proficiency and inclusion and therefore regularly contributes to consultations about the library and information sector.

On this page you will find our official consultation responses over recent years. If you would like more information on consultations we have taken part in please get in touch.

In February 2014 the UK Government's department of Culture, Media & Sport published a consultation on the extension of the Public Lending Right to Rights of holders of books in non-print formats. 

SLIC and CILIPS produced a joint response to the consultation. The SLIC and CILIPS Public Lending Right Response advocated a detailed implementation plan to the proposed expansion of the PLR scheme.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh launched a Digital Participation Inquiry in 2013, to explore how digital technologies and the internet were used by the public, businesses, government and charities on a day-to-day basis.

As well as examining the opportunities digital technologies offered to both people and businesses online, it explored why many remain offline despite digital exclusion often leading to increasing exclusion from society and the economy.

In June of that year SLIC produced an official response to the RSE Inquiry, which tackled the obstacles and incentives of digital participation.  

In December 2013, the Royal Society of Edinburgh published an Interim Report on the findings emerging from its Digital Participation Inquiry.

It explored how barriers to digital inclusion could be overcome so that everyone in Scotland can benefit from the digital revolution. The SLIC official response to the Interim Report highlighted how Scotland's public library network could make a substantial contribution to key issues such as access, motivation and skills. 

The Inquiry’s final report was then published on 30 April 2014.


A review of the enterprise and skills support provided by Scotland's economic development and skills agencies was established by Keith Brown, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, in May 2016. The review aims to ensure Scotland's businesses, workforce, training providers, young people, colleges and universities are all receiving the support they need.

SLIC's contribution to the Enterprise & Skills Review looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the current approach and what needs to change. Evidence collected by the review is now being broken down into related individual projects with a lead Director, Deputy Director, team leader and project plan. The findings of the review are due to be published later this year.

In late 2016 SLIC contributed to an online interactive discussion on the Scottish Government's Digital Strategy refresh. The current strategy, published in 2011, describes actions to enhance digital connectivity, increase economic growth and activity by growing the digital economy, promote digital participation and develop digital public services. 

While the overarching aims of the strategy are still relevant, many of the actions described have been delivered over the past five years. The nature of digital and the pace of change has also evolved during this time making a refresh particularly timely.

SLIC's Digital Strategy Consultation Response focuses of three key ideas, namely:

  • The creation of advanced Technology Hubs throughout Scotland's network of public libraries.
  • Establishing a National Technology Monitoring System for the public and third sector. 
  • A definition of Digital Literacy by the Scottish Government.