The Scottish Government is to start developing a School Library strategy this Autumn.
The news was confirmed in a recent response letter to the Public Petitions Committee regarding the ongoing petition by Duncan Wright, Trustee of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS),asking for a strategy as part of his ‘Save Scotland’s School Libraries’ campaign.
LAS welcomes the positive news and encouraging step forward in the Scottish Government’s response, which states:
“SLIC (Scottish Library Information Council) will lead the development of the strategy in collaboration with key partner organisations. The strategy will build upon the work undertaken by SLIC with Education Scotland to develop and integrate librarian-focused guidance into the main ‘How Good Is Our School 4’ (HGIOS4) whole school self-evaluation framework.
“Development and engagement on the strategy will begin in the autumn, following the publication of the new HGIOS4 guidance on school libraries.
“It is important that the aims, objectives and content of the strategy are developed in a collaborative way.
“The engagement to develop the strategy will therefore include all key stakeholders, including the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional in Scotland (CILIPS) and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).
“The aim is for the final strategy to be agreed and published ahead of the 2018/19 school year. The detailed timetable for the work will be developed and agreed with SLIC during the course of summer 2017. Officials will also contact CILIPS and the petitioner himself in order to clarify the timetable and the process to develop the strategy.”