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The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) are pleased to announce Board approval for four proposals submitted under the Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) call. The successful bidders are:

Perth College: Can you Diigo it? (GBP1950)
A project which aims to create an online collaborative database of resources using the Diigo web 2.0 application.
SCURL: Supporting Resource Sharing Initiatives through the provision of walk-in access (WIA) to e-resources subscribed to by HE Libraries (GBP8000)
Creation of a good practice toolkit resulting from investigation into technical and operational solutions to enable HE institutions to make e-resources available to external users.
Community and Sport Glasgow: Bibliotherapy vulnerable groups pilot West Community Health and Care partnership (GBP10,000).
To pilot positive therapeutic learning and wellbeing support to vulnerable groups using books and storytelling activities.
Napier University: MLibrary Examining the issues surrounding adoption of mobile technology (GBP7815)
A research project to investigate student usage of and attitudes towards mobile technologies available to library services.


The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is pleased to announce Board approval for three proposals submitted under the Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) call. The successful projects are:

Libraries R 4 Learning, Aberdeenshire Library and Information Service (10,000)
The project consists of an information literacy advocacy programme for libraries throughout Aberdeenshire. It will use multimedia to promote a partnership approach to supporting the Curriculum for Excellence and the lifelong learning agenda
Advance @ your library, Forth Valley College (19750, over two years)
In partnership with Stirling Council, the College intends to build on its earlier Learn @ Your Library project to provide innovative online support for courses
PADDI portable access device and development initiative, Dundee College (7600)
The College, working in partnership with JISC Regional Support Centre (N&E), will use the principles of the already successful Access Apps product and tailor it to the needs of library based learners and promote it to a broader audience.


Napier University: Virtual Enquiry: Supporting Users Changing Needs (final report)
A study to give a snapshot of the usage of instant messaging tools for virtual reference services in UK academic libraries. Also to give information on the types of tools available to those considering implementing their own virtual reference service. Awarded: GBP 9950.00
East Renfrewshire Council: IT takes 2.0 (final report)
To train staff to use web 2.0 technologies to allow them to develop a stronger web presence. Awarded: GBP 8400.00


Strathclyde University: FRILLS: Forensic Readiness for Local Libraries in Scotland
To develop simple, low-cost techniques to provide a basic forensic readiness regime for public access ICT facilities, in order to deter misuse of those facilities by better detection of misuse. Awarded: GBP 9,946.00
North Lanarkshire Libraries Second life in libraries
To use a virtual world as a platform for delivery of open learning and information services to a 13-25 year old client group. Awarded: GBP 8,000.00
John Wheatley College Keyword and educational descriptions training development (final report)
To develop a training package to support development of online resource cataloguing skills for Scottish educational libraries. Awarded: GBP 7,760.00
Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education Learn at your library (final report)
To provide online access to learning for library users across the Stirling Council area. Awarded: GBP 9,750.00


Recipients of funding following the 2006 call were John Wheatley College who carrried out research into their new model of library provision and Cumbernauld College who looked at podcasting (final report) and the use of MP3 technology to promote and enhance library use.

John Wheatley final report (published Nov 2007)

  1. 2020: Speculation on 2020 was born out of the deliberations of the Cultural Commission and SLIC invited cross sectoral bids that envision the future role of libraries.
  2. Content: Although SLIC would not fund content creation bids in this call, we were interested in proposals which addressed content management, sharing of content and the relationship between promoting content and increasing use of resources.
  3. Access: invited bids which examined access in its broadest sense from innovative use of technology, which improved access to services to developing implementation programmes for information handling, and which promoted better access for independent learners
  4. Workforce development: This area invited bids which related to how training and development can advance and improve service for the end user. It could have included looking at transformational leadership, skills gaps and shortages, exploring new skills against service needs and expectations or identifying good practice in training and development.


Falkirk Council Library Service: Homebound users on-line access. To enhance homebound users access to library service resources via web based catalogue using laptop computers and mobile phone technology Awarded: GBP 7,727.00

West Lothian College: Cultural diversity evaluation toolkit. To produce a resource and service evaluation kit that will enable libraries to respond fully to the legislative requirements of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000. Awarded: GBP 10,000.00

Dundee City Council Communities Department: Project Wishart. To develop a transferable model for applying library and information services to the sharp end of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Awarded: GBP 10,000.00

Centre for Digital Library Research at Strathclyde University: Ensuring metadata interoperability best practice. To create guidelines for best practice in choosing and using metadata for the management of digital objects in the Scottish Information Environment. Awarded: GBP 9,997

Scottish Borders Library and Information Service: Help yourself to learning. To develop and deliver tutor supported learning opportunities, encourage self help access to learning and generate hard copy support materials to include in the ‘Help Yourself’ literacies initiative collections in libraries GBP 10,000.00

Breakdown of Sector Applications

Public library/local authority - 16
HE - 6
FE - 8
Health and Special - 3
Total 33

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