The DLSG representative is responsible for discussing the audit result with the Librarian in charge of services and agreeing a draft Action Plan. The Action Plan should then be formally agreed with the local line manager. A visit consisting of a DLSG representative will carry out an evaluation, covering both audit and quality assurance. In general, the Visitor will wish to view all relevant documentation including self-assessment returns and management plans. Interviews and visits to branch libraries can be organised to give a flavour of both staff and customer concerns. Summary Reports will comment on current library performance audited against the published generic standards, and will be produced within one month of an Inspection.
The evaluation process recognises stages of completion based on achievement against agreed criteria. Each section or serial (see pages 13 – 17) will be graded accordingly with the evidence on which that grade is awarded noted. Graded criteria are on a four-point scale. A BPI Adelaide draft summary will be sent to the Head of Library Service requesting a factual accuracy check and any comments. Written comments on the draft will be required within 2 weeks of receipt. The final summary including comments will then be issued.
A ground-breaking research centre in Perthshire has recently been awarded money from the Scottish Executive towards its work researching and promoting soil regeneration techniques. The Sustainable Ecological Earth Regeneration (SEER) Centre at Strathardle near Pitlochry has been awarded £95,000 to invest in its soil fertility trials.
The centre, which was founded by Cameron and Moira Thomson in the 1980s and established as a charitable trust in 1997, uses ‘rock dust’ from the quarrying industry as a natural fertilizer or compost feedstock for farmers, gardeners and horticulturalists. SEPA has supported the SEER Centre’s work for several years, and in the next edition of SEPA View we’ll be featuring a full-length article on its work. The Best Value and Biodiversity in Scotland handbook from CoSLA provides a “comprehensive reference guide to assist local authorities shift nature conservation into the mainstream of council action on sustainable development.