I work as a Librarian in the Scottish Government (SG) Library and my first introduction to SWOP was via a colleague who played an active role within the group. He always had positive things to say about SWOP so when he retired and asked if I would take over I was very interested to see for myself the diverse agenda and hear the various discussions that take place at SWOP meetings. I certainly have not been disappointed. I attended SWOP meetings throughout the year and found the meetings topical, relevant and practical and have gained much from this experience . After attending a few meetings there was a vacancy for the Business Committee. At first I was a wee bit hesitant in putting my name forward as working in a government Library can be unpredictable, never knowing how busy you are going to be or what specialist projects may come up that require time and commitment. I am now part of the BC and find that this role fits well with my work in the SG Library. I have developed a greater understanding of official publications during my work with the BC, through working collaboratively with committee members, organising events, the sharing of skills and knowledge via training events, attending the AGM and external visits to other organisations and their libraries.
Being part of SWOP and the Business Committee offers a great networking opportunity as currently we have members from many different libraries and organisations. It’s been helpful in that everyone is friendly and approachable and has been a great learning experience.
If you would like more information on the work of the Business Committee or would like to join please contact Fiona Laing – SWOP Chair.