In 2020 £26,876 of funding was awarded to Further Education and Higher Education libraries through the Innovation and Development Fund (IDF). 

The Fund was introduced in 2005 and supports pioneering library projects throughout Scotland. It is aimed at those who do not benefit from the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) or the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF).

The long-standing scheme funds innovative projects which support SLIC's strategic objectives. It is ideal for projects and activities which encourage creative service delivery and development, including the creation of new resources, research and staff training. 

You can find more details on the successful Awards below.

The ESOL Book Club 

Award: £10,000 

The ESOL Book Group encourages potential library users to practice their reading skills with books. More importantly it allows people to meet with others and exchange ideas.

One of the priorities of the project was to facilitate partnerships, giving English for Speakers of Other Languages the opportunity to meet with fellow students from different courses. The college library has also organised other events such as author visits and creative writing workshops to help inspire discussions and ideas.

Throughout COVID19 the project has moved online, with members of the ESOL Book Group meeting up digitally on a regular basis.  


Scottish Universities Open Access Press

Award: £9750

This collaborative bid aims to establish a single Open Access publishing platform for all Higher Education Institutions, making research outputs freely available to all online. The new publishing model has the potential to produce significant cost savings for libraries and the wider HEI community.

This project is managed by The Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) and based on research carried out by the organisation in 2019. Due to COVID-19 this project has been slightly delayed and is scheduled to be completed by 2021/2022. 

Connecting Communities through Cultural Heritage

Award: £9617

This initiative aims to deliver a collaborative outreach programme through a partnership between public and academic libraries.

The programme will support research into the impact of historic archives and archaeological artefacts on the memories and quality of life of those living with Dementia, their families, companions, and carers. It builds upon collaborative relationships forged between the library sectors during a previously successful IDF project called Creative Conversations.

As this project depends on physical access to collections, the project has been delayed due to COVID-19, with research scheduled to continue in 2021/2022.