Film Education in Libraries

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government for library and information matters. Its membership includes all 32 local authorities, 15 Universities and the 14 Further Education Colleges as well as the NHS, special libraries and the National Library of Scotland. SLIC works in partnership with a number of key agencies in Scotland one of which is Creative Scotland. It is through this partnership with Creative Scotland that a Film Education in Libraries pilot has been developed.

SLIC invited Library Services to apply for funds to support the development and promotion of film education and creative film learning.

  • Examples of activities include:Engagement of communities in working with archive film from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.
  • Development of film clubs in libraries – watching and/or making
  • Developing film learning with early years

A number of services were successful including:- Edinburgh, Midlothian, South Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Western Isles.

The overall aim of the project was to test Film Education within a Library context and see whether it brings different audiences to discover Film Literacy, engage people who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience film and also develop staff within communities to support film education.

PI and Co-Is

PI - Dr George Head, University of Glasgow, School of Education

Co-I - Dr Angela Jaap

Researcher - Dr Katarzyna Borkowska

Start and End Date

September 2016 to November 2017

Funder and Funding Amount

Scottish Library and Information Council, £12,000