Doors Open Day 24 September 2016

The Advocates Library will be open tomorrow from 10am-4pm for tours as part of Doors Open Day 2016 in Edinburgh. You need to come to the building to book on a tour – come early as it is very popular!  This is an excellent opportunity to come and see part of our collection including Official Publications.

Dzien dobry Glasgow! Dzien dobry Wroclaw! Training Event

This may interest some of SWOP members? I have booked a slot so if you are attending happy to chum you.

Dzien dobry Glasgow! Dzien dobry Wroclaw!
Date: October 31st – 7-8.15pm
Venue: Room 1130, National Library of Scotland
Details: Next year’s IFLA conference comes back to Europe, to the city of Wroclaw in Poland.

To give you the flavour of Poland, ILIG is bringing its Informal Talks to Edinburgh where Polish Librarian Sylwia Grabowska will give an overview of Polish Libraries and her work in Scotland and overseas.
Sylwia moved to Glasgow in 2013 to study for an MSc in Information and Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to coming to Glasgow, she studied MA of Polish Philology with specialisation of Scientific Information and Bibliology and worked as a librarian in a regional pedagogical library and a high school library in the Polish city of Elblag, near Gdansk. She is also a qualified teacher. She is currently working as College Librarian in the Scottish School of Christian Mission in Glasgow, leading project development of the library, including cooperation with libraries in Malawi and Pakistan.
Sylwia will give an overview of the history of Polish libraries and development of the Polish librarianship; she will discuss current legal situation, modern issues and talk over major Polish libraries, with focus on the National Library of Poland; and share her experience of work in various libraries across countries.
The event also relates to the following areas of CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB):
2.7 Knowledge sharing and collaboration
9.3 Advocacy 9.5 Partnership Development
11.4 Service innovation, development, and design
12.5 Communication skills 12.6 Networking skills
ILIG Informals are not lectures; they are informal, but informative, early evening meetings with a short talk on a theme of international interest plus plenty of time for questions and networking. They are open to all and absolutely free. Light refreshments are served which is why we ask you to let ILIG know you are coming by booking online.

Business Committee Member – Sharron Wilson


I  am a Serials Librarian proud of my unique role within the historic and traditional Advocates Library. Unique as I am responsible for a serials collection comprising of stock acquired via print legal deposit and purchased subscriptions. Traditional as our collection is largely print based and we bind most journals to keep infinitum. My technical speciality is print and online subscription management for journals, loose leaf updates, databases and legislative materials. Official publications form a very small but vitally important part of my day to day work.

 I initially joined SWOP as a representative of the Advocates Library seeking to develop and learn more about Official Publications. I joined the Business Committee in 2012 and enjoy working at the heart of the group.  The work of the committee is very wide and varied – a great opportunity to meet new people and be involved in exciting projects.  I believe SWOP is a vital resource providing access to a network of individuals from the field of Official Publications, each with their own area of expertise. 


SPICe Briefings on Europe

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre produce an excellent selection of research briefings available to view on EU and International Affairs.  You can view more about the history of the EU, the Institutions involved and the impact of EU membership in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament offers a free eBulletin newsletter with information about future debates and events. This is issued each week, normally on Friday afternoon and SPICe include information on their briefings in this publication. Registration is required.


This may have been blogged before however no harm in relisting. If you would like to have some additional reading or reference points on Official Publications it is worth taking a look at the SCOOP Blog. (Standing Committee on Official Publications).  SCOOP has aimed to improve the access to, and availability of, UK official public…

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UK Parliament and The Law – Gary Hart

Many congratulations to the Scottish Law Librarians Group who hosted their AGM on 12 May 2015 at the Quaker Meeting House.  At this meeting there was a very interesting talk given by Gary Hart  Senior Community Outreach and Engagement Officer, House of Parliament. During the talk Mr Hart outlined the process a bill takes through the House of Commons and the House of Lords in order to become an Act of Parliament. You can read more about Bills v Acts on the Houses of Parliament Web Pages.

If you would like to read more on this presentation and also the SLLG AGM please take a look at their excellent blog.



Glasgow Women’s Library and the Suffragette Oak

Vote for the Suffragette Oak!!

23 Librarians - and counting!

Vote for the Oak! Vote for the Oak!

Wendy Kirk of Glasgow Women’s Library was one of the original 23 Librarians. One of GWL’s current campaigns is to promote the Suffragette Oak on Glasgow’s Kelvin Way as European Tree of the Year. The oak was planted by suffrage organisations on 20 April 1918 to commemorate the granting of votes to women and, thanks to GWL, was voted Scotland’s Tree of the Year last autumn. Voting for the European round is open throughout February – if you’d like to vote, you can do so here.

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McClure Naismith: an SLLG member’s point of view

An interesting perspective from the Scottish Law Librarians Group relevant to us all.


Our Twitter account, @scotlawlibs, has been curating the developing news of Scots law firm, McClure Naismith which announced on its website late on Friday that it had entered administration with redundancies a certainty.

McClure Naismith’s situation has so far followed a familiar route for larger Scots law firms who have fallen away in the previous few years:

The SLLG Twitter Team has been admirably highlighting the stark lack of comment so far by all sources regarding the plight of support staff…

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Refer Summer 2015

Many interesting Official Publications articles in this issue. Some from our very own SWOP people.


Refer cover SummercilipisgTable of Contents 

New Members, their Induction and Information NeedsChris Sear, House of Commons Library 

Full Fact: Live Fact-checking and the General ElectionWill Moy, Full Fact 

Archiving the UK Government: a Perspective from a New Official Publications LibrarianDaniel Payne, LSE Library 

How Can You Have Them Hear You When They Won’t Listen: the Challenge of Business Skills Training within MBA Programmes.Chris Flegg, Bodleian Business Librarian, Said Business School, University of Oxford 

Preparing Students for Global Immersion: Partnering for Success Meghan Dolan, Shelby Ikeda and Linda Rosen, Harvard Business School Library 

Business Support in Public LibrariesJonathan Cowley, Haringey Libraries 

Services for Business at City Business LibraryEsther Greenwood and Wendy Foster 

Extending and Enriching the Official Publications Collection at the UCL Institute of Education: Developing, Maintaining and Enhancing the Digital Education Resource Archive.Daniel O’Connor, UCL Institute of…

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Supreme Court launches ‘video on demand’ service

UK Supreme Court proceedings can now be viewed any time, any place, with the launch of an on-demand archive of past hearings unveiled today to complement the court’s existing live streaming service.

Lawyers, law students and anyone interested in the workings of the highest court in the land will now be able to watch hearings of cases over the preceding year at their convenience – a move likely to cut legal costs in the production of transcripts as well as providing a unique educational tool.

“Now justice can be seen to be done at a time which suits you,” said Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court. “The archive will help people see the background to decisions made in our highest appeal court. It will also be useful to the legal profession and serve as an informative tool for those considering a career in the law.”

Online survey to map information professionals, 2015

This Posting in sllg blog may be of interest to some SWOP people..



On behalf of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives Records Association, Napier University has been commissioned to undertake research to map the entire workforce currently working in the library, information, archives and records sector in the UK.

There is no need to be a member of CILIP etc. This is a much wider research study.

There is a prize draw for £200 vouchers for those completing the survey, so it may be worth your while!

Our members may wish to complete the short survey, even if just to make the researchers aware of the SLLG enough to add it to their ticky box list of ‘Professional and networking groups’ for the next time. “OTHER” indeed!

[note: there was no closing date of the survey at point of publishing]

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