A series of film education projects is set to be piloted in libraries across Scotland including Bo’ness.
The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and Creative Scotland have joined forces with the aim to offer communities access to information, activities and resources on film creativity and culture.
The pilot programme was launched last week by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop at Bo’ness Library, where she was given a guided tour of the Stars of Silent Film in Scotland photography exhibition, which finished last Sunday.
Creative Scotland has allocated £190,000 to fund seven projects at a number of public library authorities to develop creative film learning in libraries and improve the provision of film and moving image education across Scotland. The library authorities include both Falkirk and Edinburgh councils.
Projects will take place over 18 months from next month and will include training for staff to create ‘film teams’, community engagement activity, extending DVD collections, film screenings, film clubs for different age groups and covering various genres and activities relating to the education of film archive and film-making.
The National Libraries of Scotland will also be a key delivery partner providing content from its Moving Image Archive.
Ms Hyslop MSP said: “The Scottish Government places great importance on public libraries and believes everyone should have access to library services.
‘‘These pilot projects, supported by SLIC and Creative Scotland, demonstrate that our libraries have the ambition to engage in new activity and deliver on the recommendations set out in the first national public library strategy to promote their role as cultural centres, inspiring people through books and literature, music, film and theatre and encouraging creativity.’’
Pamela Tulloch, chief executive at SLIC added: “Public libraries have always been a destination for learning and this pilot provides opportunities within communities for people to learn about film and film-making, providing a broader range of cultural experience to people who may have no other access to this.
‘‘It will help us to meet a key strategic aim of Scotland’s first public library strategy, ‘Ambition and Opportunity’ to position libraries as cultural centres, inspiring people through books, literature, film and theatre.”