A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Library advocacy

Advocacy to support the school and public library network

LAS is working in co-ordination with our library members to highlight the central importance of the school and public library network and the role of professional librarians in Scotland’s cultural life. We are also members of the Scottish School Library Alliance.

You can view our letters to policymakers on our consultation responses’ page, and read about our support for the 2017 #LibrariesMatter campaign from CILIPS below.


Credit: CILIPS / Kirsty Anderson

From February 2017 LAS worked in coordination with our member, the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), to support their Libraries Matter campaign in the run up to the local government elections on 4 May 2017.

We helped harness the collective and individual voices of the literature community in supporting the wonderful things that happen in school and public libraries. Through regular email reminders and updates, 70% of the membership actively engaged with the campaign either by sending a supportive comment for the CILIPS’ website or by tweeting about why libraries matter to them using #LibrariesMatter.

The CILIPS’ campaign was a great success, resulting in libraries featuring included in all but one of the political parties’ Council manifestos and culminated in Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, indicating his intention to develop a national strategy for school libraries when he appeared at the Public Petitions’ Committee meeting on 20 April 2017 to discuss the Save Scotland’s School Library Petition, initiated by CILIPS’ Trustee Duncan Wright.

Update: the development of the national strategy for school libraries is being overseen by Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and will be ready before the new school year starts in August 2018.

We will continue to promote library- and librarian-related news and interest stories, write to councils to urge them to protect their library services, and help amplify the voice of LAS members and the wider literature community, using #LibrariesMatter from our Twitter account @LitScotland