SLIC

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), established in 1991, is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information related matters.

Our greatest strength is our membership. Members are drawn from the public sector, school libraries, higher education institutions, further education colleges, health libraries and special interest libraries. Each of our member institutions bring expertise, knowledge and innovation to the library sector. By working together, that expertise is shared through SLIC.

SLIC is a registered charity and registered company guided by a Board with strong sector and industry representation as well as independent members. SLIC is core funded by the Scottish Government and achieves additional funding to support its purpose through its membership and projects.

SLIC Strategic Aims

We help libraries throughout Scotland develop their services and explore new avenues of innovation. SLIC also leads on Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015 - 2020, and on developing the forthcoming School Library Strategy.

The five main strategic objectives of SLIC are:

  • Advocacy
  • Standards
  • Innovation
  • Partnership
  • Funding
We aim to:
  • Provide a leadership focus for Scottish library and information services and to facilitate coordination on a national level.
  • Promote understanding of Scotland’s library and information sector and its firm contribution to the life of the nation.
  • Monitor standards of provision and promote development.
  • Advise the Scottish Government on all matters concerning library and information services.
  • Undertake research and promote innovation.
  • Foster partnerships with relevant organisations and institutions to further SLIC’s strategic objectives.
  • Award grants to promote innovative developments in Scottish library and information services.