Everyone a winner at the SLIC Innovation and Development Showcase


SLIC is pleased to announce that its annual Innovation and Development showcase will take place at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow on Tuesday 16th November.

Chaired by SLIC Convener, Christine May, the showcase features prizewinner presentations from across the sectors.

Edinburgh Libraries won the prestigious CILIP Libraries change lives award this year for a partnership initiative with SPS  Saughton Prison. We’re delighted that our programme features a presentation on the project and how it is tackling low literacy levels and inmates in reading.  Our presentation from Paul McCloskey will look at how one local authority is addressing  inclusion issues within a prison environment while preparing prisoners for life on the outside.

Glasgow School of Art received the Times Higher Education Supplement   ‘Outstanding Library Team’  award for their InfoSmart project (Information skills for art and design). Aware that their students operate within visual worlds, and find text-heavy resources alien and intimidating, staff  created InfosmART, online self help modules for students.  Having already been chosen by the JISC RSC-SW for the Best of the West site  last June in recognition of effective and innovative practice the library team picked up their  THE award later that same month.  Come and learn more about InfoSmart from GSA’s Academic Liaison Librarian, Duncan Chappell.

In April 2009, Aberdeenshire Library and Information Service (ALIS) was awarded £10,000 by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) to develop and deliver a programme of advocacy – designed to inspire and encourage effective, equal working partnerships between librarians and teachers in local secondary schools. All materials created over the lifetime of this project were published under a Creative Commons licence, and are available to be used and adapted by library professionals across Scotland.  Rhona Robertson, Network Librarian at Meldrum Academy, will discuss the project and its outcomes.

‘AccessApps’ is a collection of portable open source and freeware applications provided by the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East (RSC).  The PADDI (Portable Access Device and Development Initiative) based at Dundee College was awarded SLIC funding of £7,600  to identify    how additional value could be provided  or students by integrating library and information resources within the overall AccessApps collection. Working closely with the JISC RSC-NE the project identified a range of assistive technology, study skills software and other tools to support individual learning needs and packaged them in a flexible, portable format.  Sam Stirling of Dundee College Library and Sara Brown from the JISC RSC Scotland-NE will discuss the project and its impact.

AskScotland is a national virtual reference service that has been developed by the Scottish Library and Information Council in collaboration with Scotland’s public library services  with  funding from the Scottish Government Public Library Improvement Fund. The project was launched last August by television’s Neil Oliver and has picked up a lot of  media coverage.  AskScotland  provides a comprehensive resource for students, academics and anyone with a research need as it opens up  the rich collections held within Scotland’s libraries, allowing users to access resources hidden from search engines, including journals and books. Gillian Hanlon, SLIC Senior Information Officer will discuss the service and explain how you can become involved.

You can book a free place at the SLIC Innovation and Development Showcase here



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