Library service scoops award for literacy film

Aberdeenshire Council’s library service has won a national competition for the creation of a short film highlighting the work of the service across the area.

Information, literacy and learning librarian Jacqueline Geekie and network librarian Jan Murdoch submitted the film as part of a challenge set by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

The competition asked libraries across the UK to show how staff promote and support library users with information literacy in an imaginative way.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s education learning and leisure committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “There is a mountain of resources available within our local libraries for people and helpful staff on hand to guide them.

“The film highlights this and I congratulate the service for their hard work.”

Vice-chair Councillor Ron McKail added: “I am always impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of our library staff and the film tells a story about all of the different tools people can use to find out information in a unique way, this award is welldeserved.”

The film showcases all of the resources available within Aberdeenshire libraries and follows the story of a trip by S2 pupils from Ellon Academy who visited Ellon library to research the second world war.

The pupils used an interactive software application, an e-magazine (Military History Monthly), the museum case with artefacts and newspaper cuttings, online Scottish history database Scran and a visit to the local reminiscence group.

Jacqueline Geekie told the Buchanie: “We filmed the research undertaken by the pupils to show how the library service puts information literacy into action.

“The film also highlights other events such as Bookbug sessions, intergenerational work and secondary pupils teaching people ICT skills within the library setting and it is part of everything we do daily to make learning engaging.”

Jan added: “We enjoyed making the film as it is a great way for us to promote all of the resources available from the traditional to the technological and I hope people enjoy watching it too.”

Aberdeenshire Library staff will head down to attend a national conference in Manchester in July to collect their award.

President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals ,Phil Bradley, said of the film: “Every day all across the UK librarians and information professionals are doing fantastic work to help people better understand the world around them.

“We are delighted that so many people entered our competition and we felt Jacqueline’s a very worthy winner.

“Her film was vibrant, fun and showed lots of focus whilst highlighting the fantastic information literacy work happening in Aberdeenshire. Congratulations.”

To view the film visit: