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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17505: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to answer to question S5O-02266 by John Swinney on 21 June 2018, how the £1 million over three years in improving school libraries is to be allocated and on what criteria.

Answered by: John Swinney 6 July 2018

The Scottish Government is investing £1 million in school libraries through the School Library Improvement Fund, administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council. Local authorities apply for funding for projects. In 2016-17, £100,000 funded fifteen projects across thirteen local authorities and £450,000 has been made available in 2017-18. A further £450,000 will be available in 2018-19.

Applications must have a direct link to one or more of the key priorities that have been identified in the development of the national strategy for school libraries, due to be published in summer 2018. These are:

  • Curriculum, Learner Journey and Developing the Young Workforce
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Information, Digital Literacy and Digital Creativity
  • Family Learning, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Standards and Leadership

More detail on the School Library Improvement Fund and the criteria can be found on the Scottish Library and Informaiton Council's website: https://scottishlibraries.org/funding/school-library-improvement-fund/