Meet our SWOP Treasurer

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