First Carnegie Library Lab Winners Announced

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced the seven winning applications in the first round of its Carnegie Library Lab programme.

The winners are:

 ·        David Hayden, Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services

·         Ben Burhouse, Kirklees Libraries

·         Eileen Russell, Libraries NI

·         Claire Lewis, Monmouthshire County Council Libraries and Information Service

·         Aude Charillon, Newcastle Libraries

·         Helen McMahon, South Dublin County Council Libraries

·         Anish Noble-Harrison, Swindon Libraries

Each of the participants will receive funding of between £5,000 and £15,000 to develop an innovative project in their library service. They will also have access to a new programme of online learning material to encourage innovation and leadership, be provided with a mentor and have the opportunity to take part in networking and learning events. The impact of the Carnegie Library Lab programme is to be independently evaluated by social research company Blake Stevenson Ltd.

Further information of each of the winning participants can be found here. 


Can you spare a couple of hours to shape the future of Scotland’s libraries?

Whether you regularly use your local library, haven’t been in a while or have never used it, your views on the library service are really important.

Scotland’s libraries are changing and so are what people want from them. We need the public to tell us what they think about public library services and what they would like to see libraries offer in the future.

Can you be part of shaping a new National Library Strategy for Scotland? No prior experience is needed, just a willingness to share your views at one of our focus groups.

The event will be fun and interactive and
your comments will be entirely anonymous. Refreshments will be provided and the Scottish Library and Information Council is offering all participants £15 as a thank you for taking part.

Focus groups will be held at the following times and locations.  If you wish to sign up to any of these groups please do so here

Bathgate Partnership Centre – 14 Nov, 10am-12pm                                                                                        

Inverclyde Central Library, Greenock – 18 Nov, 4.30-7pm

Dundee Central Library – 19 Nov, 1.30pm-4pm

Elgin Library – 19 Nov, 2-4.30pm

Dingwall Library – 20 Nov, 10am-12.30pm

Dingwall area mobile - 20 Nov, 2-3pm

Helensburgh Library - 24 Nov, 5.30pm

Duns Library - 25 Nov, 10am-12.30pm

Atholl Centre, Pitlochry - 25 Nov, 10am-12.30pm

Breadalbane mobile - 25 Nov, 1-2pm                                                                                          

Bridgeton Library, Glasgow - 26 Nov, 2-4.30pm


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



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:

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:

For any queries or further information regarding the survey, contact Penny Robertson. 


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.