The Scottish Library and Information Council has launched an annual Award as part of its 30th Anniversary celebrations.

The SLIC Award commends the outstanding contribution library teams throughout Scotland make to support their members. It is an opportunity for libraries to showcase staff-driven initiatives that have greatly enhanced user experience.

The Award is open to all SLIC member libraries with the winning team receiving both a trophy and cash prize of £5000. All entries must highlight the work of a library team which demonstrates exceptional innovation and service design between January 2020 and June 2021.

An independent panel of judges will choose the winning team which will be announced at the SLIC Showcase and AGM on Friday 5th November.  

To enter please read the Rules of Entry below and fill in the online form. Submissions must be made before 12 noon on Monday 6th September. The SLIC Award shortlist will be announced on Monday 11th October.


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Rules of Entry
  • The Award is open to SLIC member organisations only.
  • Only two entries per SLIC member organisation will be accepted.
  • Initiatives eligible for the Award must have taken place between 1st January 2020 and 30th June 2021.
  • The terms innovation and service design can be interpreted widely.
  • All entries must have the approval of the Director or Head of Library Service.
  • The deadline for entries is Monday 6th September at 12noon. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • All entries will be considered by an independent panel of three judges; the judges’ decision is final.
  • SLIC staff will not be involved in any decisions regarding the judging or the shortlist.
Organisation Details
Please confirm this entry relates to activity which took place between 1st January 2020 and 30th June 2021.

Please confirm this submission has the approval of the Head of Service/Library Director

We like to share best practice on the SLIC website. Please let us know if you are happy for this submission to be shared on our website. social media platforms and printed materials.

For instance future face-to-face or online events, creation of case studies etc.

Areas to be covered include: How the library contributes to the community it serves. How the library created its initiative to bring added value to the library offer. How the library team has developed innovative and creative approaches in the delivery of library-based provision in order to engage and support users. How the library team went above and beyond what was expected.
Supporting Information
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