Library service shortlisted for national award

East Lothian Council’s Library Service is one of only six public library bodies in the running for a new national accolade designed to celebrate the outstanding efforts of librarians and library staff to improve customers’ service experience.  The annual Scottish Library and Information Council Award celebrates the talent, innovation, and achievement of library teams throughout Scotland.

The SLIC Judging Panel said “East Lothian Council Library Services has been shortlisted for an impressive and imaginative response to community needs during lockdown. Their entry describes a thoughtful and comprehensive set of initiatives including a pop-up library, a fascinating range of new digital activities, insightful support for vulnerable library users, and even dedicating library books to children born during the pandemic. A truly stimulating nomination.”

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities and Partnerships, said: “East Lothian’s Library Service provide a wide range of services for local residents and our libraries are often the focal point for local communities. During lockdown, our staff provided invaluable support helping individuals and families shielding and as restrictions began to ease they were able to re-introduce some of the expected library services in a safe and accessible way. This is the first year of this award and we are delighted to be in the final six from 19 submitted entries.”

The winner of the SLIC Awards will be announced at its AGM on 5 November and will receive a trophy and £5000 to be used for its library service.

Published: Friday, 8th October 2021