#swop25 photo comp

This isn’t exactly the view from my desk, but it’s the new view for lots of our students. Our newly refurbished area in the main library houses our High Demand collection – which you can see here behind the glass walls. I’m still waiting for Tom Cruise to drop out of the ceiling….
I’m posting this on the train so please excuse any typos ūüôā


Electronic OJ given legal status

Regulation 216/2013 of 7 March 2013 states that only the Official Journal produced electronically will have authentic and full legal status. The OJ is accessible via Eur-Lex.

Many academic libraries have already cancelled their print subscriptions to the OJ series, due to budget reductions, space limitations and the general shift towards electronic access. We, at the University of Glasgow Library, hadn’t taken this step because the print was the only version with full legal effect. However, this legislation now gives us the green light to cancel.

SWOP website – what do you use it for?

We will be changing the layout of the SWOP website¬†in the future¬†and would like to know what you find most useful about it? Do you use the links to monthly lists? Are you interested in forthcoming events? Is there anything that you would like to see included which isn’t at the moment?

Please send any views or opinions either by commenting on this post or by email to kirsteen.valenti@glasgow.ac.uk

Selected recent publications from Scottish Parliament & Government

Some recent publications from the Parliament and Government

Recent publications from the Parliament & Government

  • Delivering for Scotland: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2010-2011 – Annual publication which lays out the government’s legislative programme for the coming year, including 10¬†bill proposals designed to protect public services and support businesses and families through a period of economic uncertainty
  • Higher Education: Qualifications, Quality Assurance and Assessment (SPICe Briefing 10/61) – paper provides a summary of the qualifications on offer at higher education institutions in Scotland. Also explains the differences between the types of¬†institutions and how they are assessed
  • Recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution Regarding Scottish Parliament Procedures (SP Paper 490) – 5th Report from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee – the new UK Government intends to implement recommendations of the final report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (Calman Commission) therefore the Committee has laid out proposals to Parliament on how this should be implemented in the areas of parliamentary procedure
  • Review of Class Size Control Mechanisms: Report of the Working Group – this group¬†analysed current practice in Scotland, which is thought to be too complex, and compared this against practice in other countries. Guidance is provided on how best to set class sizes, but the decision should rest with education authorities who can make informed decisions at school level
  • Scottish Health Survey 2009: Vol. 1 Main Report / Vol. 2 Technical Report¬†– fifth report commissioned by the Scottish Government Health Directorates. Results of the survey are presented in a 2 volume report and include data on general health and wellbeing, dental health, physical activity and obesity
  • Spending Implications of Demographic Change (Financial Scrutiny Unit¬†Briefing 10/60) – paper looks at measures which could be taken now to prepare for sound public spending in the future. For example,¬†health services and pensions¬†are under threat¬†due to our ageing population in Scotland
  • Troublesome Youth Groups, Gangs and Knife Carrying in Scotland – research report regarding knife crime in Scotland, and recommendations for changes to existing policy
  • Unemployment (SPICe Briefing 10/59) – briefing provides latest claimant count data on number of unemployed in Scotland, by Scottish Parliament constituency areas
  • Recent publications – 31st August 2010

  • Mapping the Economy (SPICe Briefing 10/46) – paper provides useful info regarding recent changes in the Scottish economy such as employment levels, claimant count rates and changes in house prices
  • Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland – a National Statistics publication which provides data on homelessness applications in Scotland
  • Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill (SPICe Briefing 10/47) – this bill proposes to create a statutory offence¬†relating to assaults on people who are in contact with the public as part of their job. This paper compares the proposal to existing¬†law
  • Reconviction Rates in Scotland: 2006-07 and 2007-08 Offender Cohorts – Statistical Bulletin Criminal Justice Series – National Statistics paper which shows reconviction rates in Scotland
  • Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report UK Comparisons – report looks at data gathered during four Health Surveys in each country of the UK. Comparisons are drawn between each country, and shows how Scotland fares in areas such as diet, physical activity and smoking/alcohol consumption
  • Some new items from the Scottish Government 13th July 2010

    What’s new from the Scottish Government and Parliament? 4th May

  • Economic Indicators (SPICe Briefing 10-28) – latest economic data such as UK inflation, unemployment levels, interest rates and house prices
  • Europe 2020 – Report from European and External Relations Committee (SP Paper 425). The EU 2020 strategy follows on from the Lisbon strategy and sets out a vision of the social market economy¬†for Europe in the 21st century. This¬†report details the Committee’s recommendations and conclusions to the Parliament.
  • Growing Up In Scotland: Children’s Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Characteristics at Entry to Primary School – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, looking at which children are most likely to have emotional, social or behavioural difficulties¬†at entry to primary school and to what extent are these early difficulties predicative of difficulties later in life¬†
  • Growing Up In Scotland: Health Inequalities in the Early Years – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, which shows the extent of poor health in the early years
  • Growing Up In Scotland: Maternal Mental Health and its Impact on Child Behaviour and Development – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, which was carried out with natural mothers when their baby was ten months old and then annually until the child was four years old. The report looks at poor maternal mental health, and the effect it has on a child’s development
  • Growing Up In¬†Scotland: The Circumstances of Persistently Poor Children – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, which shows how many and which children are persistently poor and what the long-term effect of this¬†might be
  • Some recent items from the Scottish Government and Parliament

  • Draft National Guidance: Under-Age Sexual Activity – Meeting the needs of Children and Young People and Identifying Child Protection Concerns: Consultation – Consultation is open until 23rd July 2010. It is estimated that approx. 25-30% of children under the age of 16 engage in sexual activitity, not all of which should be treated as a child protection issue, but simply part of natural development. This consultation looks at ways to address the needs of children under either circumstance.
  • In-Court Mediation Pilot Projects – In-court mediation pilots ran in Sherriff Courts in Glasgow and Aberdeen between March 2006 and July 2008, an initiative followed through by the Scottish Government. This research on the projects was carried out by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Law School
  • Independent School Census, September 2009 – a National Statistics publication which covers independent primary, secondary and special schools
  • Racist Incidents Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2004-05 to 2008-09 – statistical bulletin which presents data on number of racist incidents recorded by the eight police forces in Scotland in 2008-09
  • Unemployment (SPICe Briefing 10-26) – latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliamentary constituency areas. Highlights the best and worst performing areas over previous month.