Scottish libraries look to the future

In a new project by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and Young Scot, Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity, young people will help to shape the future of Scotland’s public libraries.

The Young Scot Public Libraries Vision Panel will see up to 15 young people, aged 14-21, from communities across Scotland and a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, present their own ideas and recommendations on the future of libraries to SLIC and the Scottish Government.

Young Scot is currently recruiting for the Vision Panel. Young people from across Scotland can apply via www.young.scot/get-involved. Coinciding with the Year of Young People 2018, the group will present their finding in spring next year.

Using Young Scot’s co-design model, working with other young people and stakeholders, the panel’s recommendations will focus their ideas around the delivery of SLIC’s ‘Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015-2020’, Scotland’s first national strategy for public libraries. The feedback will be used to develop ongoing and future activity to meet the aims of the strategy.

During the project, members of the Vision Panel will be identified to join the SLIC Board to ensure the thoughts and views of young people about the future of libraries are heard at the highest level.

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive, SLIC said, “A key aspect of the public library strategy is to ensure libraries reflect the needs of modern communities.  Library services have had to re-consider their role and what they offer in a digital information age.  Services have responded with enthusiasm and creativity, and they have adapted to suit the people they serve.  Through this project with Young Scot, we will ensure the voices of young people are involved in the ongoing development of the service to ensure libraries remain relevant for current and future generations.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said, “Libraries have an important role to play in helping to reduce inequality for young people. The role of libraries in our communities is changing, it’s vital that young people are deeply involved in the conversation and decisions being made and the Public Libraries Vision Panel have an incredible opportunity ahead of them.”

About SLIC

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library matters. For more information on SLIC visit www.scottishlibraries.org

About Ambition and Opportunity

Scotland’s first ever national strategy for public libraries. Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015 – 2020 sets out the challenges and opportunities libraries face as well as aims and objectives for the future. Specifically the role libraries can play in:

  • Promoting reading, literacy and learning
  • Promoting digital inclusion
  • Promoting economic wellbeing
  • Promoting social wellbeing
  • Promoting culture and creativity
  • Libraries as excellent public services

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