News

Wednesday
Oct222014

Job Opportunity - SLIC

Policy and Projects Officer

Salary £36, 000 pro rata 6 months fixed term.  Full-time position, Maternity Cover.

Purpose of the job

To support the development and implementation of the strategic and business plans of the Scottish Library and Information Council through the delivery of key projects, programmes and policies.

Job scope and context

Reporting to the CEO, the Policy and Projects Officer will be part of a small flexible team contributing to the development of quality library and information services in Scotland.

 Key tasks and responsibilities

Specific duties will include:

- Researching and developing an evidence and knowledge base to support the work of SLIC.

- Supporting members, sectors and stakeholders to develop and participate in projects and  programmes which enhance services.

-Supporting quality and evaluation projects for the sector.

- Maintaining and developing effective communication with members and stakeholders.

- Acting as an ambassador for SLIC and library services.

-Providing information and support to the CEO and board.

-Developing projects which reflect and promote good practice and improve effectiveness and    efficiency.

-Development of the SLIC website and resources for members and sectors.

-Monitor and horizon scan for opportunities to improve services.

-Line management responsibility for admin and project staff as necessary.

-And other appropriate duties as directed by the CEO.

Skills / Knowledge

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Skills

-Good interpersonal, motivational and influencing skills.

-Good communication skills.

-Analytical and research skills.

-A high level of IT and information skills and competencies.

-Energy and enthusiasm.

- A flexible and enquiring approach.

 Knowledge and Experience

- Management level experience within the library and information sector.

- A sound appreciation of the role of library and information services across the various sectors.

- Ability to identify and shape new opportunities for partnership working.

- A wide knowledge of current issues and developments in the library and information sectors in Scotland.

- Creativity and innovation in library and information services.

- Ability to communicate effectively with people from a range of organisations.

- Educated to degree level.

- Awareness of current political landscape.

- General management skills including project management and the ability to work effectively under pressure.

Competencies relevant to the post:

-Commitment to quality.

-Customer Service excellence

-Delivering results

-Developing services

-Effective communication

-Leading others

To apply please send your CV to Ms Amina Shah, a.shah@scottishlibraries.org before 5pm on Friday 7th November 2014.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Another First for Carnegie Library

You can now get wired in for free at South Ayrshire Council’s Carnegie Library in Ayr where for the first time free Wi-Fi connection is available to all library members.

£20,000 of joint funding was provided by SLIC (Scottish Libraries and Information Council) and the Scottish Government to enable a Wi-Fi service to be provided in Carnegie library. The installation was managed by the library team who worked with IT colleagues, Boston Networks and Lorensbergs to bring the project to fruition.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “South Ayrshire Council library members can now use wireless enabled laptop or mobile devices within the Carnegie Library in Ayr.

“Our libraries are evolving all the time, continually changing to meet the modern needs. Installing Wi-Fi will improve the service for our existing library members and I am sure encourage more people to use the facilities at Carnegie library in Ayr. We currently have over 22,000 members who enjoy all the library facilities.”

Library users can access the Wi-Fi in Carnegie library from their web browser which will automatically direct them to the Wi-Fi log in screen then all they have to do is enter their membership number and your PIN code. Library members can access the system for two hours and visitors for one hour each day. The Wi-Fi system is safe to use as it has the same filter system on it as all Council computers.

Amina Shah, Chief Executive of SLIC (Scottish Library and Information Council) said: “Introducing free Wi-Fi into South Ayrshire Council’s Carnegie Library means that more people can access harness modern technology while having easy access to other facilities in the library. This is another great example of how libraries meet the needs of the people.”

Councillor Bill Grant added: “We will continue to work to ensure that our libraries remain an outstanding example of how to embrace modern technology and changing ways of consuming information and literature. We led the way with introducing ebooks, and they have been a resounding success”.  

To find out more about this and the wide range of other library facilities available in branches, online and in many other ways log on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries.

 

Thursday
Oct092014

SLIC FE Survey Now Live

The survey is being issued to all colleges by SLIC, in partnership with Jisc RSC Scotland. The purpose of this survey is to gather information on developments influencing service delivery to help library managers’ planning activities. The generalised findings from this survey will be written up in a report and delivered as a presentation at the SLIC FE Conference held this year on 28 November, for booking information, visit: www.scottishlibraries.org/sectors-fe-conference

All inputs by colleges will remain confidential and be anonymised at the analysis stage with only aggregate information for the sector published. All colleges can request their data for use in their own benchmarking practices.

SLIC would appreciate all college library managers to complete the survey  to ensure an accurate capture of the library landscape in further education.

Please complete one submission per college and not per campus library.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Please complete the SLIC FE Survey by Friday 7 November, following this link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLICFESurvey2014

For any queries or further information regarding the survey, contact Penny Robertson.  penny.robertson@rsc-scotland.ac.uk 

Tuesday
Oct072014

Autumn Events 

Booking is now open for two important events in our calendar.

The SLIC Showcase and AGM will take place on Friday the 21st November at the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. All SLIC member organisations can send up to two representatives to attend.

Details on the event including a draft programme and booking form can be found here. 

On Friday the 28th November, the 2014 Further Education Conference will be held at the City of Glasgow College.

This event is jointly organised by SLIC, Jisc and the College Development Network.

The Conference is free to staff in SLIC membership organisations. For non SLIC members the cost is £50+VAT. Further information available here.  

Friday
Oct032014

Shetland Library WiFi Upgrade

WiFi signals at the Shetland library and community libraries have got a boost recently thanks to new equipment funded by the Scottish Government through a grant issued by SLIC.

Four new wireless access points have been installed to improve coverage both inside and outside of the library building.

Coverage at the main library in Lerwick now reaches the outdoor seated areas in the grounds and also some adjacent street parking spaces.   Signals are also better around the Baltasound School and Community Library in Unst, and extend into the foyer and grounds of the Mid Yell School and the new Yell Community Library.

Systems Officer, David Thomson, said: “We’ve put stronger and more reliable wifi into all areas of our public libraries and by reaching outside the buildings we’ve made the libraries just a little bit bigger.  We have good coverage in the community library in Unst and in the newest community library in the Mid Yell school. Early birds use library WiFi before opening time

"It’s an important step forward, as more and more library and other public services are going online.  And while we provide computers at most sites, a lot of folk prefer to use their own equipment and get access when the libraries are closed”.

The Scottish Government awarded SLIC a £300K grant in April 2014 to support the improvement of WiFi provison across the public library network. Fifteen library services, including Shetland, made successful bids for funding, and around 140 additional libraries across the country will introduce WiFi as a result.