Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship

This annual award was established in 2013 by Creative Scotland to honour Dr Gavin Wallace for his stoic passion and commitment to supporting the Scottish Literature Community.

Moniack Mhor Writers Centre is inviting established writers to apply for the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2014/15.  In hosting the Fellowship, the organisation would like to explore the theme of Place and its effect on Personal Identity. The focus for the year would be the creation of a fictional work that explores these themes.

The successful candidate will receive time and resources to develop their practice. This includes a stipend of £20,000. Other possible support includes residential courses, retreats and mentoring. These are not compulsory and the final terms of the Fellowship will be agreed by the successful candidate and Moniack Mhor.


The fellowship is open to established writers living and working in Scotland. To be eligible for the fellowship applicants must have published at least one novel, one short story collection, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged.

Please apply by sending:

A CV which demonstrates that you meet the criteria.

An A4 summary of your writing project that addresses the theme of Place and its effect on personal identity

A sample of your work (maximum 1000 words)

The deadline for application is 5pm Thursday the 18th September. Applications should be sent by email to: or by post: Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, IV4 7HT

For any enquiries relating to the fellowship please contact: Rachel Humphries, Centre Director or Cynthia Rogerson, Programming Director.

Interviews, if necessary, will be held on 6th October at Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre.


Carnegie Library Labs 

Applications are now open for the Carnegie Library Labs. The programme is aimed at early to mid-management individuals working in public libraries, and offers funding, mentoring and learning. The application materials (including FAQs and application notes) can be downloaded here

Please note that this application period for Carnegie Library Lab will close on 30th September 2014.

If you have further queries about this programme of work, please get in touch at or call Jenny Peachey on 01383 749756.


Trainee Opportunities - Heritage and Archives

Are you looking for a change in direction? Or starting out in your career? Would you like to participate in a work based development opportunity with accredited training offered through the University of Dundee Centre for Archives and Information Studies?

The Scottish Council on Archives are looking for people who are interested in a new career in heritage or the archive sector.

Six trainees will work in the following host organisations focusing on specialised training:

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow City Archives

Glasgow City Archives / Glasgow Life

University of Dundee Archive Services

University of Glasgow Archives

Edinburgh University’s Centre for Research Collections

National Records of Scotland (Edinburgh) and The John Gray Centre East Lothian Council (Haddington) Digital Preservation trainee

You will spend a year working on real-life projects whilst learning new skills that will help you towards a career in the archives and heritage sectors. You will help to bring the past to life for new audiences keeping it alive for future generations to enjoy.

Those with a post-graduate qualification in archives or records management should not apply.

Essential Information

Salary: £14,500 (plus travel and training). Contract: One year, full time (October 2014 – September 2015). Send completed application forms to Rosie Hart, Gravitate HR, 14 India Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6EZ or to (CVs will not be accepted).

For the full application pack and instructions visit:

Closing date extended deadline: Tuesday 2nd September at 9am.  Interview dates: 15-26 September 2014


Job Opportunity - Project Officer, Public Library WiFi

SLIC (Scottish Library & Information Council) are currently recruiting for a WiFi Project Officer. The main aspect of the role is to liaise with local authorities to ensure the best use of government funding for WiFi installation in public libraries in Scotland.

Please note – this post may be suitable for a secondment opportunity

Location:  Negotiable – travel across Scotland and to SLIC offices in Glasgow will be necessary.

Salary £33,000 (pro rata)  6 months fixed term contact

Key Responsibilities

To examine and share best practice via library service networks.

To examine opportunities for external partnerships to expand the scope of the project.

To ensure all Scottish Government grant agreements are met.

Work in collaboration with Local Authorities to ensure good practice is shared and the best possible service is delivered at the best value to the public.

Project Delivery

To support local authorities to find a suitable solution to WiFi installation in all their libraries to support digital participation.

To liaise with providers and authorities to find the best models of delivery.

To identify possible future trends and solutions to challenges

Reporting and Evaluation

To produce progress reports and project evaluations.

To attend project meetings with Local Authority partners.

To produce progress reports, financial updates, reviews and recommendations on behalf of SLIC for the Scottish Government.

Essential Requirements

Degree or relevant professional qualification, or substantial experience at a level demonstrating project management ability.

Minimum of 3 years’ experience of working in a library and information environment or IT environment.

Proven experience of working with a range of partners to deliver a project.

Ability to demonstrate a clear understanding of the factors involved in installing wifi in public spaces.

An awareness of the key issues in digital participation in Scotland.

Experience of partnership working and developing relationships with key stakeholders.

Experience of report writing and financial reporting.

A practical understanding of IT issues.

Creative approach to problem solving.

Excellent communicator with an ability to work effectively and positively with partners at all levels.

Flexibility and willingness to travel across Scotland.

To apply, please send your CV to: Ms Amina Shah, CEO - by Friday the 26th September 2014.


Midlothian Library Service Shortlisted for Another Award!

After being announced as Library of the Year in May, Midlothian Library Service is in line for a second award, having been shortlisted for the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Best Service Team: Sports, Leisure & Culture.

This is due to Midlothian's involvement in the Midlothian Science Festival which is a partnership between the Library Service and other organisations including the Wellcome Trust, Edinburgh University, Roslin Institute and the Moredun Institute.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 11 September.