The Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh is holding a free event to celebrate the launch of the new PA-X Peace Agreement Database on the occasion of the Association of Human Rights Conference Edinburgh.
The Inclusion Project: Peace Agreements, Inclusion and Human Rights, Professor Christine Bell, Programme Director, Political Settlement Research Programme (www.politicalsettlements.org; www.peaceagreements.org)
Booking and more details via Eventbrite
Thu 6 September 2018
17:00 – 18:00 BST
On Wednesday 10 October, Conservative grandee Lord Heseltine will open the Festival with an “in conversation”-style event with Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh. He will talk about his life serving in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major as well as his current political views on issues such as Brexit. The Festival will also feature best-selling author and academic Professor Mary Beard. Professor Beard will feature on day four of the Festival talking about her book Woman and Power as well as the BBC Civilisations series which she co-wrote and presented.
Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri, social commentator and Orwell Prize-winner Darren McGarvey aka Loki, and historian Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine OBE will also appear. Book you tickets now.
On Wednesday 13th June SWOP visited the Glasgow Women’s Library. We received plenty of tea and cake – along with a very warm welcome – at this unique museum of women’s history.
“I had no idea that the Glasgow Women’s Library had so much to offer. Apart from the traditional lending library there is also lots of interesting artefacts in the archive collection, too many to mention and definitely worth a trip out from Glasgow City Centre for a visit. Thanks for a great afternoon” – Morag Higgison, Scottish Government Library
Our next SWOP meeting will be on Wednesday 13th June at the Glasgow Women’s Library.
Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is a national treasure! It is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities. Highlights from GWL’s collections include Suffragette postcards and jewellery, feminist posters and badges, archives of organisations such as Scottish Women’s Aid and UK Family Planning Association and knitting and dress-making patterns.
It was a finalist in CILIP’s Libraries Change Lives Award in 2017, for its weekly read aloud group, Story Cafe.
GWL has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 – the only Scottish museum to make the shortlist this year, and the first nomination for a museum rooted in feminism.
Our visit will start with a tour of the collection followed by refreshments (and the meeting). You can book a place on this exciting visit via Eventbrite.
Please aim to arrive promptly so the tour can begin at 1.30 sharp.
To avoid clashing with planned strike action, the date of the next SWOP meeting has been changed to Wednesday 21st March 2018, 1.30-4pm. It will now take place in the Fairlie Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of Dundee University Main Library.
If you haven’t done so already, please register your intention to attend via Eventbrite.
For those who’ve already registered, you don’t need to do anything… unless the date no longer suits you. I which case, please drop me a note and I can make the necessary adjustments.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
I was lucky enough to be able to join the CILIP Government Information Group visit to the Bank of England library and archive during a trip to London in November. The first thing that you notice when visiting the Bank of England, aside from the stringent security on entering the building, is the exquisite tiled floor in the entrance hall. This was recently renovated as ladies’ high heels were found to be damaging the tiles, and it’s very striking when you enter. The building was purpose-built as the Bank but the interior was rebuilt in the 1920s to create more space as the institution grew; it now reaches so deep underground you can feel vibrations from the tube every few minutes.
The library is open 24 hours a day for Bank staff, and is staffed during office hours. The collection has been weeded recently as much of it had become out of date, but the library holds a complete run of The Economist dating back to the 1850s. Most other journals are kept for about 5 years. We viewed some of the special collection highlights, including books on forgery, engravings, the story of the Bank nun (so-called because she kept returning to the bank after her brother, a former employee, was hanged for forgery, and is said to haunt the area), a collection of newspaper clippings relating to the banking crisis of 1857, and economic reports from the Reichsbank detailing the state of the German economy immediately after the Second World War. To me one of the most interesting items of those on display was a photographic record of the Bank’s architecture, the preface of which is critical of the rebuild. Further editions of this book had the harsh preface removed.
We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Law Librarian Group and SWOP are holding a joint Speed Networking event on Thursday 25th January in the SSC Library.
Registration is from 4.00pm and the event starts at 4.30.
We hope that you can join us.
To reserve your place please contact Christine MacLeod before the 17th January with the following details.
Membership of SWOP: Yes/No
Member of SLLG: Yes/No
The format is : 4/5 tables, 5/6 topics for discussion, 4-8 people at each table, 6-8 minutes of discussion for each subject (depending on numbers). Attendees are split between “stayers” and “movers”. At the end of each discussion the “movers” move to the next table. We then have a good mix of people and opinions at each table. There is a scribe at each table and the output of the discussions will be compiled and circulated shortly after the event.
This formal part will last about 45 minutes, and is followed by an hour of informal chat, nibbles and refreshments.
Our Annual General Meeting is more than just a meeting. We use the opportunity to meet in different locations and hear about a variety of projects to stimulate discussion, create CPD and training opportunities.
This year is no exception and we are delighted to be holding the 2017 AGM at the
National Library of Scotland Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on the 23rd November at 1.30 pm.
The event will begin with a behind the scenes tour by Ruth Washbrook, Head of the Moving Image Archive. This will give the opportunity to see the preservation and digitisation processes for film donations as well as some of the Government information films held in the collection.
Refreshments will be provided.
We are really delighted to have Helen Costello back with us to talk a little about her new role in the Scottish Parliament and reflect on her professional journey thus far.
Finally, Eilidh MacGlone – National Library of Scotland Web Archivist will demonstrate the new UK Web Archive public interface and how best to use this for research
This will be followed by the SWOP AGM – Agenda and papers will be sent out in advance of the meeting.
For catering purposes it is important to reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Why not join us in the café at Kelvin Hall from 12 noon for an informal catch up with colleagues over coffee or lunch. (Please note that lunch is NOT unfortunately provided by SWOP).
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.
SWOP Forum Talk – 19 June 2017
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.
Please reserve your place here
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.