Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances

A highlight of the training course that I attended yesterday was using a Grants Register Online entitled Turn2Us,

On browsing this for a while I came across the amazingly named Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances

This charity/society has been giving grants since 1886. For more information on their grants see below.


Next 10 Things starts 23rd March

SWOP had a great talk on Wednesday 4 March by Paul Gray on 10 Things. The next course starts on 23rd of March. If you would like to know more information and possibly sign up for this excellent free course then please go to:


23 Librarians by Anabel Marsh.

What is 23 Librarians?

23 Librarians offers a flavour of the range of library and information work in Scotland today. 23 bloggers describe what attracted them into the library profession and give an insight into a typical day in their current jobs. They also answer comments and questions left on their posts. Read this blog if you are:

  • considering a career in libraries / information work
  • a student of LIS wondering which sector to look for work in
  • a chartership candidate looking for wider professional knowledge
  • considering a move between sectors
  • just curious about other people’s jobs!

There are a few members of SWOP who appear in this blog. Very worth a look.

CILIP Event – Any SWOP people going? I am.

Professional Registration and Portfolio Building (only 2 places left)
Date: 20th March

Time: 10am-2.30pm

Room 1130, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW, Edinburgh
Booking: e mail


There is no charge for this course

Learning outcomes:

* Improved understanding of how to progress towards the relevant qualification and what you will gain by doing so

* Awareness of the Regulations and assessment criteria

* An understanding of what constitutes a portfolio and why CILIP requires this for submission for its qualifications

* Ideas about how to construct a portfolio and the types of evidence that can be included in it

* An enhanced understanding of the benefits of Continuing Professional Development

* Awareness of the support networks and information available to help candidates

* Confidence to progress towards gaining a CILIP qualification successfully

SWOP KHub Training and Education Videos

SWOP KHub now has a new Forum entitled Training and Education. SWOP members are positively encouraged to post to this new forum.

Please add here any links to educational and training podcasts or youtube videos relating to Official publications. We can then choose the best to link to on our SWOP Forum site and see where the gaps are that SWOP could perhaps fill by producing its own training video.

If you are not registered for KHub and would like to apply please e-mail

Thanks in advance for your input and assistance.



Scottish Public Libraries: Informing a national strategy – Input Required.

Scottish Public Libraries: Informing a national strategy

Please see the following web page and respond to the SLIC study individually by 2 December if you have not all ready done so.

Public libraries are changing. The opportunities offered by digital technology and the challenges of reduced local budgets make ‘business as usual’ increasingly unsustainable.  The National Strategy for Scottish Public Libraries Working Group has been tasked with the development of a national strategy for Scotland’s public libraries.  To get this right, we need your views.

Public libraries are one of the most effective ways to improve the wellbeing of communities. A national strategy is an opportunity to ensure public libraries continue to deliver for future generations. The case for a national strategy has been made by the Scottish Library and Information Council (‘The Case for a National Strategy for Public Libraries’) and the Carnegie UK Trust (‘A New Chapter’).

In order to draft a national strategy, the National Strategy for Scottish Public Libraries Working Group needs to hear from a wide range of stakeholders. You are invited to get involved by considering the following questions:

  • what the visions, values and aims of the public library service should be;
  • what the public library service should look like;
  • the services it should deliver and the skills staff will require;
  • the practicalities of how and with whom services could best be delivered; and
  • how we measure the impact of public libraries.

We will use your responses to inform the draft strategy.   You can keep up to date with our work at

To discuss the call for evidence or the work of the Public Library National Strategy Working Group further, please contact Gillian Daly, Policy Officer at or on 0141-228-4790.

SWOP 25th Birthday Celebrations Competition #SWOP25th

SWOP is celebrating its 25th birthday and at our AGM we be taking the opportunity to reflect on SWOP’s work over the past 25 years as well as looking to the future. We thought it might be fun to take a moment and record what our libraries look like now as who knows what they may look like in another 25 years. So please take a photo either from your desk or window of your work place, or even a shelfie. Post it on either Knowledge Hub, Twitter or SWOP Blog.  One photo only. Any photographs posted will be printed and entered into a prize draw at our AGM.

To post on Knowledge Hub you need to be registered. If you are not registered drop me an e-mail and we will get that sorted.  Photos can be posted in the Forums area of Khub and a guide detailing how to load photos is available in Library. If you want to tweet your photograph please do so to @SWOPforum. This will be fed through the SWOPforum web pages as well at . SWOP members should also be able to post photographs on to the blog. If you need any more guidance on any of these options contact me on

The SWOP AGM will be in Sanctuary space in St Augustine’s Church, George IV Bridge on 19 November at 15:00. More information on the AGM will follow soon.

For now I have put up a photograph of the Advocates Library to get us started….

Join in when you can!