Book your tickets for the Festival of Politics in Edinburgh this October.
Book your tickets for the Festival of Politics in Edinburgh this October.
CILIP’s Government Information Group has organised a visit to the National Library of Scotland Map Library on the 20th Oct.
The National Library of Scotland Map Library is one of the ten largest map collections in the World, holding around 2 million maps, as well as atlases, gazetteers, and a growing collection of digital map datasets. This visit will include a talk describing the main highlights of the map collections, their users, and the growing ways the content is delivered online through http://maps.nls.uk, as well as a brief tour to view maps themselves and storage facilities. Chris Fleet is Map Curator at the Library, where he has worked since 1994, with particular responsibilities for digital mapping.
This visit is open to SWOP members and their colleagues
Reserve your place here
Report on the visit by Sarah Louise McDonald, Sherrif Court Librarian
On the 7th of July GIG group members visited the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Library, Scotland’s national collection of botanical and horticultural literature. Scottish Working Forum for Official Publications (SWOP) and Edinburgh Libraries Information Services Agency (ELISA) members were also invited to attend.
The main entrance to the Library and Archive can be accessed via the main entrance off Inverleith Row, though my colleagues and I took a brief stroll through the gardens before meeting Lorna Mitchell, the Head of the Library and Archives, in the Herbarium foyer which set the scene nicely!
The collection houses around 4,200 journal titles and 70,000 books, the earliest of which dates from 1485 and is a record of herbal medicinal plants which belonged to the Regius Keeper. Books were bought at this time by the Botanical Society of Edinburgh but treated like personal possessions so it was common for them to be sold off to supplement members’ incomes. After the establishment of the library in 1873 they were bought, returned or donated to form part of the early collection. It was only in 1964 when the library moved to their current building that the accessions were all housed together, though even now some treasures may be hidden away in offices!
There was a good turn out for our SWOP meeting at the Supreme Courts yesterday. We were delighted to welcome Alison Young from the Mitchell Library in Glasgow to the meeting as well as Kelly, Sarah Louise and Rebecaa from the library service for the Scottish Courts.
Attendees enjoyed a tour of the Courts’ buildings which included the original cells, now used for storage and the ‘piano store’ which as well as a piano housed a coffin!
Jennie Findlay, Scottish Courts Services Library Manager, was our guest chair and introduced Lord Carloway, Lord President of the Court of Session.
His speech reflected on the fact that the Scots Legal System is based upon principle and not precedent and whilst databases certainly aid research they must be used with caution and not replace research of core works and texts by legal greats. He has kindly made his speech availablefor those unable to attend yesterday.
The minutes and reports from the meeting that followed will be available shortly.
The main work of the group is sharing our expertise and knowledge across many diverse areas of information work and digital literacy with a focus on government information. If you have any ideas or projects that you would like the group to take forward or work with us on please contact the SWOP Chair.
The CILIP Government Information Group have arranged a visit to RBG on the 7th July 2017 3pm-4.30.
This visit is open to all SWOP colleagues.
The Library at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) houses Scotland’s national reference collection of botanical and horticultural resources with more than 70,000 books, the earliest of which date from the 15th century. During this visit, attendees will have the opportunity to view some of the treasures from the Library and Archive collections, many of which have never been on public exhibition.
The visit will last for 90 minutes and will include tea and coffee on arrival.
SWOP members are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of HM General Register House (GRH), one of the oldest custom built archive buildings in the world which is still in continuous use. It is one of the six buildings which are home to the National Records of Scotland.
Opened in 1789, GRH today plays a crucial role as a centre for public access and engagement to our collections, as well as continuing to serve as a physical repository for many of our records.
Tour participants will gain insight into the fascinating history and architecture of this iconic building, come to understand how it functions as a modern research hub, and, last but not least, have the chance to explore and view selected records from our celebrated collections which span over eight centuries.
The tour will begin at 3pm, and should conclude no later than 4:30 (including time to view original records). Places are limited to 15 members. Please apply for a place via eventbrite
Our public café, which is located in New Register House directly adjacent to General Register, will be open from 9:00 to 16:00, should members require lunch or refreshments before the tour.
General Register House address is 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY A location map is available on our website.
Do we have any SWOP members attending the CILIP in Scotland Annual Conference. Would you like to act as am Ambassador for SWOP and take a few of our leaflets along with you? Do get in touch if you are.
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 email@example.com or 01342 14300.
GIG e-Bulletin March 2017
A short report on yesterday’s meeting from Morag Ferguson of the Advocates Library
I attended the SWOP meeting on 1st March 2017 which was held at the University of Dundee Library and Learning Centre.
This started with a fascinating talk provided by Lesley Riddoch on what Scotland can learn from its Nordic neighbours and how it might find ways to thrive after Brexit by examining the experiences of countries such as Norway and Iceland (amongst others) and their relationship with the European Union. Lesley has written a book with Eberhard Bord due to be published in April 2017 entitled Mcsmorgasbord on this topic. It was refreshing to hear something positive for a change coming from the fallout from Brexit.
Scott McGregor, our host then provided SWOP members with a short presentation on how the University of Dundee library staff have been trying to engage more with the students and encourage use of the Library and Learning Centre. They currently offer a service ‘Ask the library’ – live chat – on their library webpages which has proved so popular that they are currently looking at offering a 24 hour service. During our tour I was particularly struck by the absence of books (all the students were working online) except in the Law Library where I was reassured by the sight of bound volumes of the Scots Law Times and Acts of the Scottish Parliament.
After our business meeting which Fiona, our Chair, took us through with remarkable speed, we were able to head home and say goodbye to Dundee one of the sunniest cities in the UK (and it did not disappoint yesterday…).
We were extremely grateful to Scott McGregor and his colleagues who were splendid hosts and enabled SWOP members to enjoy an informative afternoon with plenty of opportunities to meet other librarians, make new contacts and share ideas.
Following our super event yesterday in Dundee.A quick note that if you attended the SWOP meeting yesterday and were affected by the train issues you have an option to use this service.
March 22 2017
Venue and Time
1pm – Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP
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.
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.
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
The SWOP events calendar widget has moved. It’s now called Eventbrite calendar and is located under the ‘Events’ tab in the menu bar above.
We are delighted to welcome award-winning broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch to our next meeting. She will speak on the topic of Scotland, Brexit, and Europe.
This meeting will take place tomorrow in Dundee. If you haven’t already done so, please reserve your place on eventbrite .
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:
Share your posters with us!
Please join us for our SWOP AGM on the 24th November 2016 at 1pm, in Edinburgh at the Advocates Library, Assembly Close (just off the Royal Mile)
This event provides a great opportunity for networking and discussing common themes and issues in official publications.
We are delighted to have a variety of speakers for this event:
Jono Ellis from the Scottish Government
“In the interests of the nation: First World War propaganda”
Jan Usher, Curator of Social Sciences, National Library of Scotland
“The Joy of Spines”
Graeme Hawley, General Collections Manager, National Library of Scotland.
With great reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Graeme will take you on a journey that is both amusing and thought provoking through the 120 miles of shelving in the National Library of Scotland.
Crown Copyright explained (still to be confirmed)
Our AGM meeting will follow on from the presentations, after some refreshments.
Please feel free to circulate this to any colleagues who may be interested.
Please try again to book your ticket. The button may be invisible (I think it’s a browser compatibility issue) but it is there, under the word ‘Free’ at the top of the page – look out for your cursor changing from an arrow to a wee hand. Click when the hand appears and you should be fine from then on.