Date lodged: 22 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to enhance the role of school librarians and recognise their contribution to education.
Answered by: John Swinney 6 March 2018
The Scottish Government recognises the significant contribution made by school libraries and school librarians to educational attainment, as evidenced by international research. I launched the School Library Improvement Fund in September, investing £1 million over three years in Scotland's school libraries. It will fund projects designed to enhance library provision in schools, as part of a wider approach to improve literacy skills and educational attainment. This fund was launched alongside the publication of 'How good is our school library?' guidance from the Scottish Library and Information Council, endorsed by Education Scotland. This guidance aligns with the 'How good is our school?' framework, supporting school librarians and senior managers to evaluate the specific contributions the library makes to school improvement. The development of the national strategy, whose advisory group is chaired by Martina McChrystal, Director of Library Services at the University of Glasgow, aims to create a consistent approach to service for pupils across Scotland and will be published in Summer 2018.