Scotland school libraries campaign from CILIP

Scotland school libraries campaign from CILIP

CILIP Scotland will later this month launch an advocacy strategy for school libraries, pledging to campaign for libraries at national level.
 
In the document, CILIP Scotland pledges to commission research on the impact of school libraries and librarians, provide advice and support to individual librarians, and advocate for school librarians at a national level.  
 
Librarians should play their part by disseminating information to a wider audience, including the press, and take responsibility for advocating their own work, it adds.
 
Sean McNamara, digital and policy officer at CILIP Scotland, said Librarianship: An Advocacy Strategy is a response to plans by Scottish councils to cut school library services.
 
“We want to promote the value of school libraries across Scotland and show the impact they have on literacy and well-being,” he said. “We understand councils are under pressure to reduce budgets but we feel librarians should be retained as much as possible.”
 
Earlier this month Falkirk council said it was contemplating saving £325,000 by getting rid of its school library service, while East Renfrewshire council said last year it wanted to eliminate full-time library posts in schools.
 
CILIP Scotland will launch the advocacy document at an event with author Theresa Breslin at Liberton High School in Edinburgh on the 29th January. Copies will then be sent to every school in Scotland.