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No silence here – awards launched to honour Scotland’s library champions

18 June 2021 Share

Scotland’s library heroes are to be officially celebrated through a new awards initiative launched by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).

Library teams across the country are being invited to showcase their efforts to boost user experience over the last year and a half, in a bid to win a cash prize of £5,000 and a commemorative trophy.

Organised as part of SLIC’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the award is open to all SLIC member libraries. SLIC is inviting entries from library teams which have delivered exceptional innovation and service design between January 2020 and June 2021. 

Entries for the award are now open on SLIC’s website, and submissions close 12 noon on Monday 6th September.

An independent panel of judges will choose the winning team, which will be announced at the SLIC showcase and annual general meeting in November. The award follows what has been an extremely turbulent year for Scotland’s library services, which have battled against changing COVID-19 restrictions and service closures. 

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive at SLIC said: “We are continually impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of our library services in enhancing and modernising their offerings – something we’ve repeatedly seen reflected in our various funding schemes. However, over the last 18 months library teams throughout Scotland have responded to the pandemic in outstanding ways and this award scheme is the perfect way to honour the extraordinary lengths they’ve gone to continue engaging with communities. 

“As lockdown eases and we return to some normality, the importance of our library services has never been more apparent in connecting communities and in helping to bridge educational gaps caused by school closures. Library teams have made real progress in modernising services to support a response to COVID-19 and to our transition out of lockdown - we are pleased to shine a light on initiatives that have made real difference to communities during this time.”

More information can be found here.