Four librarians and two publishers

This morning four librarians and two publishers met for an informal training and information session on WordPress. Thanks for organising the event for the SWOP Business Committee. We gained an insight into modern technology issues and certainlty benefited from being together to discuss. If any SWOP members have any ideas or thoughts on the BLOG please get in touch with one of the committee. For now watch this space….

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Downie Allison Downie book repair course

Well done to Kirstie – highly recommend the courses. DAD do a great job.

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SLLG member, Kirstie Hustler of the Advocates Library, reviews one of Downie Allison Downie’s bookbinding courses which are taught on Saturdays throughout the year at their workshop in Glasgow.

This was the second course I had attended at DAD Bookbinders and I was really looking forward to it. I had given my dad a place on the course as a birthday present so it turned out to be a very enjoyable “Daddy Daughter Day” as well as a day for learning new library related skills.

dad-bookbinding Take this hammer: book repair in action

The workshop was easy to find and close to the station. There was a cup of coffee and introductions on arrival and then we got stuck in. On this particular day there were four students and two teachers (Karen and Gemma) which ensured everyone had help when they required it. The atmosphere was friendly and supportive and we…

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SWOP chats with the Scottish Law Librarians Group

Shasllgcrest - Copy (2)rron Wilson recently chatted with her Advocates Library colleague David Brown about the role of Professional Groups.  David is a Committee Member from the Scottish Law Librarians Group (SLLG). This is what David had to say…….

 CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR ROLE?

I am the Senior Bibliographic Services Assistant. I’ve worked for the Faculty of Advocates for 14 years: beginning as a book cleaner, then as a support assistant (loose-leaf updating and shelving) in my first year. I really enjoy my current post and working in the library.

My main responsibilities are:

  • Cataloguing accessions and maintaining the records of the library catalogue
  • Managing the space and physical stock in the library
  • Administering conservation and preservation of the rare materials
  • Project managing an annual book cleaning programme

Like most law librarians I find myself involved in various functions of the library: from regular covering of the enquiry service through to helping move cabinets and setting up exhibitions. The work of a law librarian involves a surprising amount of physicality and screwdrivers. ‘101 uses for library pliers’ would be a very handy module on the post-graduate course.

I am also a member of the Scottish Law Librarians Group and have been a committee member since 2011.

 WHAT IS THE SCOTTISH LAW LIBRARIANS GROUP?

The Scottish Law Librarians Group, commonly known by the abbreviation SLLG, is a group which represents the interests of Scots law library and information professionals and anyone who handles Scots law information.

The group is self-funding through a modest membership subscription. It delivers a vocational platform for members to interact, have access to training opportunities and to be, most importantly, peer-supported in their professional sector and wider career.

The SLLG has embraced Twitter (@scotlawlibs), blogging (https://sllgblog.wordpress.com/) and has a website (www.sllg.org.uk) with a members’ section for discussions. It’s not got with the Instagram kids quite yet, though.

The SLLG traditionally tries to put on a minimum of 3 events a year (often there are more) as a mix of training, current awareness networking and visits.

WHAT CHALLENGES ARE AHEAD FOR THE SLLG?

The main challenge for the SLLG is always the same: to continue. Law information professionals need specialist groups such as the SLLG to exist for them.

As a community group, the SLLG is only worth how much its members find it worthwhile. It is the membership that moulds the group into their own image. It is in our nature, if we are fortunate enough, to help others. The SLLG has the perfect attributes within it to accomplish this.

In the early 2000s, the SLLG was made up of around 100 members. Sadly there is no getting away from the law information professional sector as one under a number of pressures right now. This has been reflected by the SLLG in reduced membership and related topics raised at recent networking events. The committee, also, has faced a harder role in these times to provide value for money events.

In the past year the SLLG has successfully adapted in many respects to the new climate where everyone’s resources are precious.

The introduction of Short Skills, Networking and Presentation events (called, cutely, SSNaP Chats) have been revelatory. The idea came from enabling the extremely capable skillset of the membership to be shared as a form of in-house knowledge.

SSNaPs allow members to freely share, workshop and explore services and particular skills with other members with little formality and lots of flexibility. The committee becomes a conduit rather than organiser for these events to go ahead. SSNaP chats have proved very popular to both attend and run.

Of course, there are still the social aspects of the group and library visits to enjoy.

I see the main challenge for law information professionals to be in promoting themselves as professionally equal to their service users. It is vital to get across the continued professional development, experience and, above all, expertise of the law librarian.

It’s all very well for law information professionals saying lawyers will miss their qualities if they are removed. Unless lawyers know what was there in the first place, how will they know where to look for what’s missing?

I am a true believer that our little corner of the information profession requires an engaged SLLG. Our sector is a small world; capable of cruelty, no doubt about it, and having an organisation which brings us together positively is essential.

CAN SWOP AND THE SLLG COLLABORATE?

SWOP and SLLG can learn a lot from one another.

Ultimately it’s up to those with interests to connect with the potential held within these groups. I think this is something SWOP is very good at and the SLLG can take note of.

I was fortunate to be invited to attend a SWOP meeting because I was interested in the very positive developments of SWOP. SWOP is a great open networking group. I was impressed at the wide spectrum of backgrounds of those with an interest in what can be arguably seen as the niche workings of Official Publications. SWOP has done really well to harness this asset and find momentum from it.

SWOP and SLLG have a cross-over of members, which makes occasionally working together for a mutual benefit easy to consider.

I feel there is scope for both memberships to think where SWOP or the SLLG would be best placed to offer the other learning, blog posting or interest opportunities. Those dual members are crucial to charting this.

I’ve noticed recently that SWOP have run a few events based around law subjects and have visited law libraries. Last year SLLG hosted a talk about the parliamentary legislative process.

SWOP members might well see the worth in learning more about the law information sector. The SLLG would be ideally placed to facilitate this for SWOP whilst still benefiting SLLG members not in SWOP. Likewise, SLLG members could very much benefit from discussing official publications and projects with SWOP members.

Groups like ours can make such a constructive impact to their members’ work life it makes sense to support one another when there is an opportunity.

 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT JOINING THE SLLG?

You won’t be disappointed – just sign here!

Or the long answer: if our interests match some of your own, look around the website, get in touch with someone on the committee or ask to come to one of our events and see what you think of us. I’m confident you’ll find us a lovely group.

Scotland Works

Scotland Works is.. coming to Glasgow

Scotland Works, a new exhibition designed to support Scotland’s industrial, commercial and public sectors in running safe and efficient businesses and organisations, is taking place at the SEC, Glasgow on 3 – 4 May 2017.

Set to become an annual fixture, Scotland Works, which incorporates the established Health & Safety Scotland, will also consist of five additional events – Facilities Scotland, Fire Safety Scotland, Safer Logistics Scotland, Cleaning Scotland and Maintenance Scotland.

Visitors will include senior managers, decision makers and purchase influencers from across Scotland’s industrial, commercial and public sectors.

Scotland Works will be made up of an exhibition of 400 market leaders showcasing the latest products and services, plus six theatres each hosting panel debates and delivering a compelling range of presentations from leading industry experts covering best practise advice, policy and legislation, making Scotland Works a diary date must for professionals across a wide range of industries.

Scotland Works offers free entry to registered guests. Opening hours are 9 – 4pm. For exhibitor enquiries and for more information about visiting the show visit http://www.scotlandworks.com or contact admin@western-bp.co.uk or 01342 14300.

Scotland’s Digital Strategy

Scottish Government Library blog

Scotland’s refreshed Digital Strategy was launched on 22 March by Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Constitution, Derek MacKay MSP at an event in Tontine House, Glasgow.
https://beta.gov.scot/publications/realising-scotlands-full-potential-digital-world-digital-strategy-scotland/

“The strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland as a vibrant, inclusive, open and outwards looking digital nation and describes the actions we collectively need to take to ensure that Scotland anticipates and reacts positively to the changing opportunities the digital age presents.”

Information literacy per se may only be mentioned once (see extract below) but our take on the digital skills mentioned throughout the document includes not only being able to work online using technology, but also critical thinking skills, information search skills, skills to inform decision making as well as understanding privacy, security and keeping safe online.

“Digital allows information to be transmitted faster and further than ever before, enabling us to develop new communities of interest and opening…

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CILIPs Event – Libraries for Privacy

Libraries for Privacy

March 22 2017

Price: Free

Venue and Time

1pm – Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP

Target Audience

This half day hands-on workshop is aimed at library and IT support staff and volunteers in public, academic, school and specialist libraries. No specialist technical ability is required to participate but you should bring your own device.

Summary

This practical workshop, developed in partnership with the Library Freedom Project, and supported by CILIPS and SLIC is being offered as part of Scottish PEN’s campaign to protect free expression in the digital age.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

Have an understanding of the legal implications of the Investigatory Powers Act for library services;
Have discussed privacy rights and responsibilities in the context of library and information services
Be familiar with a range of digital tools that can be used to protect privacy;
Have tested and tried a range of free cybersecurity tools and services;
Have considered how to incorporate their learning into digital literacy training for library service users
There will be extra time available for those who have follow up questions.

Refreshments are provided but you should bring along your own lunch.

PKSB

This workshop discusses ethics and values in a professional context and maps to the PKSB:

Information Governance and compliance
5.2 Information rights

5.5 Information ownership and accountability

5.6 Information risk management

Literacies and Learning
8.3 Digital Literacy

8.6 Teaching and training skills

Strategy, Planning and Management
10.5 Legal Compliance

#LibrariesMatter because…

In the lead up to the local government election in May CILIP in Scotland will be campaigning for libraries across Scotland and showing why #LibrariesMatter.  SWOP members can help with this campaign.

If you would like to know more and become more involved take a few minutes to visit:

http://www.cilips.org.uk/advocacy-campaigns/campaigns/libraries-matter/help-us-show-librariesmatter/
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SSNaP Chat: serials management,26 October 2016

A new concept being undertaken by our fellow Librarians at the Scottish Law Librarians Group.

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ssnap-26-10-16 Set up for the SSNaP Chat, 26/10/2016. Credit: Sharron Wilson.

SLLG member and Serials Librarian at the Advocates Library, Sharron, kicked off the group’s Short Skills, Networking and Presentation meetings (or, SSNaP chats) by hosting a small interested group at her desk in discussing serial publication administration.

Sharron has written of her experience in hosting this event:

Every member of SLLG has unique knowledge. Part of the benefit of being part of our group is sharing and learning from each others’ technical skills.

That was the premise upon which I suggested to the SLLG Committee after our AGM earlier this year that Serials Management may be of interest for a one hour informal lunchtime chat.

With some promotion by the Convenor it was a straightforward process to gather a few names of people who felt this was of interest and then the first SSNaP Chat was organised for 26/10/16.

The goal was to…

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SLA Training Event – Copyright in a post-Brexit world

This event at National Library of Scotland may interest some of our SWOP Members. Join the SLA for a fascinating seminar on copyright presented by Dr Charles Oppenheim, a leading expert on this topic. The three-hour seminar will cover a brief summary of key copyright elements, recent changes to copyright legislation and their impact on librarians and information professionals, and the likely consequences for copyright law following Brexit. The seminar will be preceded by lunch and there will opportunities for questions and answers at the end of the seminar.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copyright-in-a-post-brexit-world-tickets-27824299228