Directory update: University of Dundee Library and Learning Centre

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Thanks to Liaison Librarian Scott McGregor for the information. You can view the full Directory entry here.

The image above shows some of the new facilities at University of Dundee’s Library and Learning Centre – and I’m not jealous at all…


Directory update: University of St Andrews Library


St Andrews University’s entry in the SWOP Directory has been updated. Thanks to Charlotte Kelham for the information. Their collection contains the following:

Extensive print collections of UK and Scottish Parliament and Government publications including House of Commons Papers & Bills, Command Papers, House of Lords Papers and Bills, Hansard (both Commons and Lords), Public General Acts and Local & Personal Acts, Statutory Instruments.  All are listed on SAULCAT our Library catalogue.  Some of our collections are stored off-site in various stores, this is indicated on the records on SAULCAT; items is stores can be retrieved on request, please contact us prior to visiting if you require something from our stores.  We have a range of online resources, such as House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, MEMSO and Hein Online which are restricted to University of St Andrews staff and students.

See the Directory entry for full details.

It’s never too late to have an entry amended or added to the Directory. Please see here for instructions.

Directory update: the Mitchell Library


I’m very pleased to say our entry for the Mitchell Library is up-to-date again, after far too long. Thanks very much to Librarian Alison Young for the information.

The Mitchell’s OP Reference collection contains the following:

  • Scottish Parliamentary papers including Bills 1999 – 2009
  • Scottish Acts and Statutory Instruments 1999 – date
  • House of Commons Papers (including Bills and Command Papers) 1715 – 2009
  • House of Lords Papers 1884 – 2009
  • Public General Acts 1225 – 2013 (bound copies only, 2013 is the most recent we have)
  • Local and Personal Acts 1895 – 1922
  • Acts of Parliament of Scotland  1124 – 1707
  • House of Commons Hansard 1803 – 2013 (bound copies only, 2013 is the most recent we have
  • House of Lords Hansard 1909- 2013 (bound copies only, 2013 is the most recent we have)
  • United States Congressional Record 1882 -1937

Please take a look at the Mitchell’s Directory entry for full details

SWOP Directory updates

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Take a look at the recently updated Directory entries for the following organisations (in no particular order):

If you haven’t updated your entry this year it has now been archived – but fear not! It is never too late to have an entry amended or added to the directory. Please see here or  email me.

A tale of a Government cat — Open Book

“The Exchequer Office in Parliament Close, Edinburgh, set up in 1708, initially had problems with records being ‘greatly damnified, eaten and destroyed by rates and myce’. After giving the matter some thought, doorkeeper Robert Morison decided that perhaps a cat might give the rodents pause.”

While the exploits of Whitehall Cats – Palmerston and Larry most recently – have been recently making the news, cats in Government employ are nothing new. In fact, here at National Records of Scotland, we have evidence of a feline curiosity – a cat tasked with protecting records more than three centuries ago. The Exchequer […]

via A tale of a Government cat — Open Book

Directory highlight: Aberdeen University Library Special Collections & Museums

The Library holds extensive collections of UK and Scottish Parliamentary Publications. This includes House of Commons Papers and Bills, Command Papers, House of Lords Papers and Bills, House of Commons Parliamentary and Committee Debates, House of Lords Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons and House of Lords Journals and the Acts of Parliament. Scottish titles include Scottish Parliamentary Papers, The Official Report of the Scottish Parliament and all Parliamentary Committees, Bills and accompanying papers, Scottish Acts and the Scottish Executive/Government Papers. There are holdings of reports, policy documents and official statistics including Census documents from the UK and Scottish Governments.

Aberdeen University is a European Documentation Centre and receives copies of official publications from the European Union.

The collection includes publications from a wide range of international organisations including the United Nations, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, The Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

Thanks to Alison Steed for the update. Full details are available on the Aberdeen University Library Directory page

Directory highlight: Advocates Library

The Advocates Library has a  large collection of UK legislation, from Scottish Acts in Regiam Majestatem (published in 1597) and Acts of King Henry VIII (published in 1551) to the Acts of the Scottish Parliament / Public, General Acts available  today. We also have Local, personal and private acts from 1798-. We hold a collection of UK Statutory Instruments not reprinted in publishers bound volumes and copies of Draft Statutory Instruments.

In addition to this UK Official Publications material we also have legislation from a large number of foreign jurisdictions during colonial periods, as well as some of more recent dates.

For information on accessing Advocates Library materials via the NLS reading rooms see our full entry in the Directory

Directory highlight: Marine Scotland Science

The collection of Marine Scotland Science contains their own publications as well as Fisheries Research Services and Fishery Board for Scotland publications (previous names of Marine Scotland Science). These include sea fisheries statistics, Marine Research, Fishery Bulletin and annual reports of the Fishery Board of Scotland. It also includes copies of all reports published by the Marine or Freshwater Fisheries Laboratories. Publications from other bodies are collected where there is relevance to MSS’s work.

The collection is held at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, with publications relating to freshwater held at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory near Pitlochry.

Thank you Helen McGregor for the update. Please see the Directory entry for full details

SWOP Directory highlight – SASA

The SASA collection contains publications by SASA e.g. pesticide usage in Scotland surveys, pesticide poisoning of animals reports, annual reports. It also holds publications of other Scottish and UK bodies where relevant to SASA’s work e.g. DEFRA, Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage. Additionally it includes historical material from, for example, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland (DAFS) and Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF).

Thanks to Jill Tivey for the update. For more details visit SASA’s entry in the SWOP Directory