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Scotland’s Libraries: Supporting Communities and Improving Outcomes

Feb 7 2018

Holyrood Events: This briefing will examine the role of libraries in the 21st century to deliver services, meet the needs of communities and help support national and local priorities.

Venue: Central Edinburgh TBC

The context

In an era of public service reform and increased financial pressures, libraries have a unique ability to reach and impact within local communities.

Published in 2015, Scotland’s first ever national strategy for public libraries, developed with the library profession and stakeholders from across sectors, sets out six strategic aims each linked to national outcomes and indicators outlined in the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

The event

Two years into the strategy, what progress has been made and how can libraries support and add value to a range of local and national policy priorities? Attend this Holyrood event for an up-to-date brief on the latest policy and practice in how libraries can innovate, engage and serve the needs of their communities.

Key learning objectives

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the current policy landscape, the role and potential of libraries in the 21st to improve outcomes
  • Consider guidance and the next steps from improving service provision
  • Gain insights into practical examples of libraries engaging communities, delivering innovative and effective services


09:15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

10:05 Session 1: Libraries in Scotland in the 21st century

  • Implementing and delivering the National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland
  • The potential of libraries to engage people, deliver 21st century public services and national outcomes
  • Libraries responding to the changing needs and aspirations of communities
  • Maintaining sustainability, adapting to ongoing pressures, reforms and the digital age

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive, Scottish Library and Information Council

Sean McNamara, Policy and Digital Officer, CILIP in Scotland

11:20 Refreshments and Networking

11:40 Session 2: Maximising The Impact

  • Positioning libraries as centre of the community
  • Providing innovative and effective forms of engagement
  • Evaluating the quality and effectiveness of outreach, partnerships and service provisions

Douglas White, Head of Advocacy, Carnegie UK Trust

12:45 Lunch and Networking

13:35 Session 3: Good Practice Seminar

  • A series of case study examples will share insights and learning into libraries delivering innovative and effective practice, supporting local communities and improving outcomes.

Alison McAllister, Systems and Support Officer, Economy and Communities, North Ayrshire Council

15:00 Close of Event