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Course Date

January 18, 2019

Course Cost


Coffee and registration from 9.30 am

Course Time

10:00 - 15:00


Grosvenor Hilton Edinburgh

Grosvenor Street
EH12 5EF

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Cancellation and refund policy

  • Cancellations must be advised in writing/email 6 working days prior to the event.
  • We welcome substitute delegates attending in your place at no additional cost.
  • A refund will not be granted if a registrant fails to attend or cancels within 6 working days prior to the event.
  • For residential courses cancellation must be advised 28 days prior to the event.

Course Description

Promoting reading in the digital age

All school librarians are warmly invited to this event which has two objectives: 

1.  to inform the sector about national developments; and

2. to provide professional learning in the context of promoting reading in the digital age 

Allied to the above, the day will provide an excellent opportunity for networking.

National Update

The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly produced a new National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland, the first of its kind in the UK. It was launched on 8 September – International Literacy Day – and was shaped by the views of more than 450 children across 30+ schools.

The development of the strategy, entitled Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools – A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023, was led by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) with support from an advisory group, chaired by Martina McChrystal (Director of Library Services, University of Glasgow), and five working groups. The full document can be accessed here - Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

The strategy aims to highlight to decision makers the intrinsic value of a good school library service and the impact this can have on children and young people’s wider school experience. It also aims to inform headteachers, school librarians and education practitioners on how to use their school library services.

We are thrilled that Martina has accepted our invitation to share the development of the National School Library Strategy and the role of school librarians in this context.

Promoting reading in the digital age

We are delighted to welcome Bev Humphrey back to Scotland.  Bev is a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant who has delivered workshops for SCIS in the past.  These are always well-attended and well-received.

Bev’s workshop will focus on ways to encourage reluctant readers build reading stamina and make reading ‘cool’ by using exciting online resources and apps to create a buzz around books in your school. All resources shown are provided in a handout to keep, with great video content, fantastic display suggestions and motivating electronic ideas you can use to really get your pupils switched on to reading for pleasure. Advice on how to use ebooks, QR codes and take part in live author events included.

Further information on Bev’s work can be found here on her website.

NB  We are keen to establish a SCIS Librarians’ Steering Group to advise on current and future priorities.  A short meeting will take place from 3.15-3.45: if you would like to be part of this group please email 

         ***Please register as soon as possible to secure your place***

Lead Delegate

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