CILIP in Scotland has released the following statement:

We support the Government’s ambition for Scotland to be the best place to grow up and learn and contend that professional school librarians are integral to its realisation. High quality learning opportunities should include access for all school pupils to a professionally trained librarian and information expert with a knowledge of learning styles who is:

  • located within the school and available throughout and beyond the school day;

  • managing a safe, secure and supportive environment for formal and informal learning;

  • responsible for curating resources to support the curriculum;

  • partnering teachers in supporting delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence;

  • engaging pupils in information seeking and discussion;

  • promoting information literacy across the curriculum; and

  • developing critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers and ethical users of information.

CILIPS continues to advocate for the retention of school libraries and school librarians in every secondary school in Scotland.