SWOP @ 30

SWOP celebated its 30th Birthday in the splendour of the Advocates’ Library in Edinburgh.

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The event was well attended and we were delighted to welcome back three past Chairs of the Group, Dr Ann Matheson,   David Hart and Valerie Well. It was also good to have Brian Bourner join us. Brian was SWOP Secretary for many years. We had new faces too, Gillian Daly,  EO of SCURL, Donna Watson and Sarah Louise McDonald from University of Edinburgh’s Law Library.

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Our two presentations from Gary Hart Senior Education and Engagment Officer at the UK Parliament and Sarah Ames, Digital Scholarship Librarian at the National Library of Scotland  were well received.   We look forward to hearing more from Sarah in the future as she is very interested in the possiblities for text and data mining in Official Publications collections.

We are pleased to have Kayleigh McGarry from the Scottish Government Legal Directorate join our Business Committee and  Scott McGregor take over as SWOP Secretary. We are now in need of a new Chair for the Group as Fiona Laing has stepped down from this role after five years. This is a challenging but rewarding role which gives the opportunity to develop new skills and increase your knowledge of Official Publications.

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