The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly produced a new National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland, the first of its kind in the UK.
It was launched on 8 September – International Literacy Day – and was shaped by the views of more than 450 children across 30+ schools.
The development of the strategy, entitled Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools – A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023, was led by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) with support from an advisory group, chaired by Martina McChrystal, and five working groups.
The strategy aims to highlight to decision makers the intrinsic value of a good school library service and the impact this can have on children and young people’s wider school experience. It also aims to inform headteachers, school librarians and education practitioners on how to use their school library services.
And it will advise decision makers of the central role that school library services play in the education sector and advocate for appropriately resourced services for each child in Scotland.
The Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) were part of the advisory group during the development stage and will be part of the implementation group as the strategy is taken forward.