The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) aims to support innovative school library projects throughout Scotland and is available to all state run schools. Over the next three years the Scottish Government has pledged a total of £1million to the fund.

The second round of the School Library Improvement Fund closed in May 2018, with almost £300,000 being distributed to 19 projects across Scotland and two national projects focusing on information literacy and pupil engagement. These included dynamic initiatives such as a bibliotherapy toolkit in Edinburgh and a sports-based reading project in Inverclyde.

You can find more details of the individual awards below. More information on SLIF and details about how to apply for the next round of funding can be found here.

SLIF 2018 School Library Projects
Supporting Scottish Studies & Scots Language

Amount Awarded: £1500

Aimed at increasing the profile of Scottish Studies and use of Scots language in the school and wider community, Banff Academy’s project plans to promote courses available in the school and encourage more pupils to get involved in all aspects of Scottish heritage. Library resources will be developed to give pupils a greater range of materials on Scotland, and a series of workshops and talks with pupils will be arranged with the Scottish Studies department and local branch libraries.

Mentoring Programme for S2 Boys and P4/5 Pupils

Amount Awarded: £3260

Aimed at increasing engagement with, and enjoyment of, reading amongst boys, this project plans to use sports texts and activities as a focus. The project plans to train S2 boys in mentoring techniques, and thereafter allow the boys to work with younger pupils in a primary setting to encourage reading through activities and shared reading experiences. Angus Active Schools will lead the sport coaching aspect of the project.

Looking Beyond Google – Information Literacy Skills for All

Amount Awarded: £6000

This project aims to develop and promote a robust information literacy programme for young people through a diversified range of activity-based learning – both digital and non-digital. The proposed information literacy activities will promote both digital and high-quality text resources which reflect the curricular needs of the school and, most importantly, embed information-based research skills for lifelong learning.

Two Moons – A Festival for Young Adults Linking Literacy to Life and Work

Amount Awarded: £20,095

This project aims to incorporate a range of experiences and activities as part of a festival between February and March 2019, which take young people beyond the classroom and provides insights into the lives and careers of people in Dundee. This will include sharing experiences of books which have impacted on their life choices, career paths and personal wellbeing. In addition, the project is an opportunity for school librarians to be involved in taking ownership for promoting the festival within schools.

Escape, Connect, Relate: A bibliotherapy toolkit for teens to support their own mental health and the wellbeing of people around them

Amount Awarded: £18,100

This project aims to create a toolkit targeted at young people, which would include fiction to develop resilience in young people and promote positive mental wellbeing. The toolkit, for use by young people, parents, carers and staff, would focus on self-help, information and fiction resources in the improved mental wellbeing of young people. The aim is to create a powerful tool for both professionals involved with young people, but also be useful for young people themselves, to the wider school librarians’ community, and to their parents and carers, when they are looking for support with a variety of challenging issues.

Creative writing project working with Roma community in Holyrood Secondary School Library

Amount Awarded: £13,600

This project aims to support young people from the local Roma community to engage with school library services through a creative writing project that will support the development of EAL and literacy skills. Young people will create their own graphic novel or comic strip with the assistance of the school librarian, a writer/artist in residence, local young people’s groups and an interpreter. The completed works will be launched at Govanhill Library, where family, friends and teachers will be invited. The project aims to engage and inspire this marginalised group.

STEAM as an enabler to teach digital and information literacy skills

Amount Awarded: £10,693

This project aims to enable young people in five secondary school libraries to design information stories, incorporating STEAM skills, specifically coding, digital and information literacy. This will provide the young people with the core skills to progress in education and the wider world. It will also allow young people to lead and develop on a new, innovative, creative approach, which will create a legacy of information literacy journeys. These will be utilised by school librarians as an information resource across the Glasgow Schools Network.

Read to Succeed – Parental Support for the Literacy Improvement of Secondary Pupils

Amount Awarded: £2500

This project aims to support parents in increasing the level of literacy within the family unit and to read for pleasure as a family more often; to provide a venue for the parental discussion of teen emotional and mental health issues; to support exam success and positive destinations for all learners as a result of increased literacy levels; and to offer an opportunity for valuable work experience for pupils assisted by the Support for Learning department and Pupil Equity Fund. The project will give participants tools to better support their children’s emotional needs and wellbeing, including peer parental support and participating in a shared reading program, which will explore titles for the YA genre.

Rural Skills Reading Development Programme

Amount Awarded: £1449

This project aims to raise reading levels and attainment amongst practical pupils who are looking towards working in agriculture, self-employed business etc and do not see the need of education. Representatives from external organisations will be invited to the library to speak to pupils about literacy required in the workplace and library stock relating to interested topics will be purchased. The library plans to work closely with the Support for Learning and Rural Skills departments to engage with pupils.

Kick off Reading with Morton FC

Amount Awarded: £2000

This project aims to engage reluctant readers through their passion for football. The librarian aims to offer a reader-engagement programme for a targeted group of pupils and their families, and work in collaboration with the local football club, Morton FC. The project plans to invite a writer and prominent figures from Morton FC to take reading ‘out of the library’ and have a book-related penalty shoot-out in the school. The project also plans to hold a family/pupil book monthly ‘match day’ meet-up in the library, with football players as Reading Ambassadors and tickets for a Morton FC game on completion of the programme.

Game on in the LRC

Amount Awarded: £2000

This project aims to promote the use of the school library by equipping it with quality gaming resources that will engage students. By creating a board game library and by making space available for students to play board games, the library will be an engaging space that responds to students’ interests and needs. The aim is that gaming in the library will lead to improved creativity and problem-solving skills, development of literacy, numeracy and social interaction skills through collaborative play. These gaming resources will be available to pupils and families.

Promoting Mental Wellbeing for Moray’s Young People through Partnership Working between Pupils, Parents and Professionals

Amount Awarded: £7500

This project will focus on specifically S3s, hosting two Mental Health Events in schools across Moray. Each event will have a keynote speaker with deep knowledge and understanding of stress and anxiety and other mental health issues for young people, and a range of strategies to address these. It aims to improve support for young people in Moray, with access to resources and strategies around managing stress and anxiety.

Building Better Readers

Amount Awarded: £44,700

The aim of the project is to inspire a reading culture across primary and ASN school libraries, and strengthen links with secondary schools and public libraries in North Ayrshire. Working closely together to inspire and motivate readers, this project seeks to use library reading programmes to reinforce the place of reading at the heart of the school and raise literacy levels. Creating a reading advocacy partnership with primary and ASN school staff and volunteers, Learning Community Librarians in secondary schools, Family Learning Teams and public library staff will help nurture a generation of inspired readers and book enthusiasts.

Express Yourself

Amount Awarded: £4748

This project aims to increase confidence in pupils when expressing their feeling and anxieties, and gain an understanding about how to deal with issues as they arise. It aims to ensure that pupils are aware of resources and services available to them to support their health and wellbeing. The project will build on the good relationship between two school communities, inviting a group of pupils to take part in a variety of workshops, seminars, author and graphic novelist sessions. In addition, a collection of both fiction and non-fiction health and wellbeing books will be purchased for each school library.

Create a STEM Zone within Errol Primary School Library

Amount Awarded: £5000

This project aims to transform the existing school library into an environment that pupils can access and use a range of digital technologies to extend and support their learning. This would include opportunities to establish Code Clubs, experiment with robotics, 3D printing, develop early programming skills and explore digital contents. The creation of the space hopes to play a huge part in supporting pupils to gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life learning and work.

B.A.S.S. – Breakfast Club and After School Service

Amount Awarded: £6640

This project aims to assist vulnerable pupils in developing digital literacy and digital creativity. By organising a breakfast and after-school club, the project aims to improve literacy and computing skills. Pupils will participate in different forms of literacy, along with professional expertise. Computers, books, games, breakfast or health snacks will be provided, and formal and informal education will be provided, assisting in developing the young workforce.

Learning Community Reading Project

Amount Awarded: £2000

This project aims to improve attainment in literacy among S4 pupils, specifically targeting those pupils who are predicted to achieve National 4 but who have the potential to attain National 5. The project plans to establish and develop learning links with local establishments, including a Care Home and Early Education Learning establishment, and expand the partnership with the Additional Support for Learning facility. Pupils will be partnered with nursery children and care home residents on a weekly basis to read together, and the library will develop a collection that would support the three partner groups.

Reading for Resilience – Graphic Novels

Amount Awarded: £3382

This project is a partnership between all of the primary schools in the Eyemouth cluster area. It plans to promote and raise awareness of graphic novels, enabling primary and secondary students the opportunity to take part in a national award and create their own graphic novel. It hopes to target reluctant readers, improve literacy and help to raise attainment. The project also hopes to develop the pupils into more confident readers and raise awareness of the potential of graphic novels with staff.

Speak Up

Amount Awarded: £6600

This project aims to build self-confidence in pupils, help them learn new skills in self-reflection, promote positive mental health, develop creative writing and literacy skills, and create a platform for young people’s voices to be heard. The project is an introduction to spoken word and performance poetry, promoting self-reflection and self-expression for young people. Participants will explore performance poetry, with a spoken word artist and performance poet delivering sessions in each of the secondary schools.