SLIC awarded £31,000 to further, higher and specialist library services in 2022 through the Innovation and Development Fund (IDF). 

The Fund was established in 2005 and supports innovative and pioneering library projects throughout Scotland. IDF is open to SLIC member libraries who do not benefit from either the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) or the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF)

The fund supports projects which align with SLIC's Strategic Aims. It is ideal for activities which encourage creative service development and experimental approaches to delivery within library and information settings. 

Successful applications to this year's Innovation and Development Fund include a new recording studio in Glasgow Caledonian University's Sir Alex Ferguson Library and an Ethical Choices campaign from North East Scotland College which aims to create centres of sustainability in college libraries.    

Find out more about individual awards from the Innovation and Development Fund 2022 below.

IDF Awards 2022

Back To The Books & Looking At The Future 

Award: £2,811 

The aim of this project is to enhance the experience and skills of Time4Me students at Forth Valley College - a project funded by The Robertson Trust offering students who are Care Experienced, Adult Carers, Young Adult Carers or SIMD10, the opportunity to gain extra support and mentorship. This allows them to fully engage in college while managing other responsibilities/challenges they may face.

The project aims to develop their confidence, enhance communication and improve literacy skills. Innovative Book Club sessions will be organised within the LRC and delivered by staff along with local author support. 

The Book Club will support positive health and wellbeing as well as inclusion - bringing together students who may otherwise be socially isolated.

Recording Studio Supporting Hybrid Working in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library

Award: £8,489

This project will see new audio-visual equipment installed in the Sir Alex Ferguson Library which will include an interactive Surface 25 whiteboard, a rode podcasting interface, industry microphones and headphones.

The recording studio will empower users to create content through training and seminars delivered by GCU staff. This will include being shown how to distribute productions so their creations can reach their intended audience as well as making use of library systems such as edShare and staff knowledge of Creative Commons Licencing. 

Library staff will also take part in train-the-trainer sessions which will support their continued professional development.

Design and Development of Collections Care Training Resources

Award: £10,000

The Collection Care team at the National Library of Scotland receives multiple requests for advice and training from external archives and libraries, local organisations, and charities. It is part of the library's’ statutory duty to provide support and advice.

As a result of lockdown NLS made their in-house training available online - developing training and resources as well as undertaking ‘train the trainer’ development.

This project will see NLS share their online training with professionals across Scotland and will involved consultations and research to ensure the package of training delivered is shared in a way that is most valuable to library peers. 

Ethical Choices, Sustainable Changes: Creating Centres of Sustainability in NESCol’s Libraries

Award: £4626

This project sees North East Scotland College (NESCol) organise events across all three of its campus libraries which follow the national campaigns calendar produced by Zero Waste Scotland

Throughout the year, they will highlight national campaigns such as World Clean-up Day, and use these as a springboard to organise events and resources as well as launch new library services.

The library will work in close partnership with the Environmental and Sustainability Manager as well as the Respect Campaign Sustainability Lead to ensure that the project aligns with wider College initiatives to create a cohesive message and contribute towards shared goals.

Spotlight on Diversity

Award: £5000

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Library host events to engage the RCS community to support the development of the library collection around diversity. This includes race, identity (including LGBTQ+), class, mental health and neurodiversity.

The events will include speakers around these subject areas and be supported by the Conservatoire's EDI officers and Student Union. The library will work with students to create physical and online exhibitions to promote and provoke discussions around the topics. It also plans to organise workshops looking at decolonising reading lists and how the library can support and inform curriculum review.