Karen O’Brien (Treasurer) – Library Development Officer with Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services.
I initially became involved in SWOP due to my interest in Scottish Official Publications. At the time I was a librarian in the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection of Central Library. I then transferred to our Reference Library which covered UK legislation and OPs. Now I am responsible for collections citywide. For me the opportunities SWOP affords for keeping abreast of one, albeit essential element of our collections, is invaluable. Public libraries have to cover a huge range of information needs and being able to tap into the knowledge of such a specialist network is incredibly useful. What I learn from members of SWOP I can cascade to my colleagues. It has also led to opportunities for both myself and my service to become involved in pilot projects. It is good to be part of a group where members come from so many different organisations and not only libraries. The different perspectives give a more rounded view of the world of OPs.
In return for all the benefits I derive as a professional librarian I volunteered to fill the role of Treasurer for SWOP. Certainly a group which encourages and welcomes participation at any level and to any degree