I’m part of the Liaison and Service Delivery teams in the Library and Learning Centre at the University of Dundee. I have been part of the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications since 2014. Initially I was tasked with updating the OP directory entry for Dundee. Doing this it became apparent that there was a significant gap in our OP knowledge within the Library. The last member of staff who dealt with our OPs had retired several years earlier. Roles had changed and as in every library people were having to take on multiple duties.
Being part of the group has been a fantastic chance to network and share knowledge. Ideally I would like to see all the Scottish academic libraries represented on SWOP. I’ve benefited from the support and knowledge provided by SWOP. Fiona Laing (National Library of Scotland) provided support when we were developing our Library guides for staff and students, spotting out of date links and highlighting new resources. Sharron Wilson (Advocates Library) recently provided me with a tour and overview of her work, which was very interesting. Wendy Kenyon (SPICe) helped when we recently developed a training & development session for library staff. Meeting Kirsteen Valenti and Sonny Maley (University of Glasgow) has highlighted that we have a lot of library issues in common. Sonny’s posts at University of Glasgow Library are always interesting and entertaining. Everyone in the group is helpful and friendly.
I’m a fairly new member on the Business Committee, but I can definitely sense an energy to push on with new ideas, and increase membership within the group. The growth of official online information brings challenges as well as opportunities for wider access, and SWOP is at the forefront of this in Scotland. As mentioned above I would love to see more academic libraries join SWOP. To this end we are developing a community of interest for academic libraries within SWOP. In my role at Dundee official publications have an important place on reading lists, the curriculum, and learning and teaching across all subjects taught at the University (for example, Nursing, Education and Town Planning). The popular courses provided by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies bring regular OP enquiries from students, many from distance learners.
Being part of SWOP means you always have someone to call on.
I work as a Librarian in the Scottish Government (SG) Library and my first introduction to SWOP was via a colleague who played an active role within the group. He always had positive things to say about SWOP so when he retired and asked if I would take over I was very interested to see for myself the diverse agenda and hear the various discussions that take place at SWOP meetings. I certainly have not been disappointed. I attended SWOP meetings throughout the year and found the meetings topical, relevant and practical and have gained much from this experience . After attending a few meetings there was a vacancy for the Business Committee. At first I was a wee bit hesitant in putting my name forward as working in a government Library can be unpredictable, never knowing how busy you are going to be or what specialist projects may come up that require time and commitment. I am now part of the BC and find that this role fits well with my work in the SG Library. I have developed a greater understanding of official publications during my work with the BC, through working collaboratively with committee members, organising events, the sharing of skills and knowledge via training events, attending the AGM and external visits to other organisations and their libraries.
Being part of SWOP and the Business Committee offers a great networking opportunity as currently we have members from many different libraries and organisations. It’s been helpful in that everyone is friendly and approachable and has been a great learning experience.
If you would like more information on the work of the Business Committee or would like to join please contact Fiona Laing – SWOP Chair.
Many thanks to those who have already replied. Your entries are up-to-date and shiny!
Could everyone else please take a moment to look at the entry for your organisation and let me know if anything needs changed or amended? Bear in mind your entry might be in the ‘archived’ section at the bottom of the main list. It would be especially good to get those ones updated this year.
I have been a part of the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications for many years and have found being a member of the group of great benefit to my work at the National Library. I was secretary of the group from 2009 to 2013 when I replaced Fiona McParland as Chair.
Being part of this group has given me an invaluable network of colleagues to learn from, share experiences and challenges with, and hopefully find some solutions that benefit us all.
The SWOP Business Committee is the driving force of the Group. It takes forward issues that members have raised at the meetings, plans training and outreach events.
The more people and expertise we have on the Business Committee the lighter the load. A huge amount of knowledge in official publications is not essential. We need people to assist with social media and planning events. An enthusiasm for sharing information and helping others goes a long way.
Government information should be accessible to all. Unfortunately we are all overloaded with the amount of information that is out there. Anything that can improve access to this material should be applauded and supported. SWOP is free to join and can also provide excellent CPD opportunities.
In my role as Official Publications Curator at the National Library of Scotland I have responsibility for ensuring that the Library is collecting government publications, in print and digital, from the UK and Ireland, the Commonwealth countries and also Intergovernmental Organisations such as the United Nations and the OECD. I suggest subsets of the collection for in-house digitisation, explore funding opportunities for external digitisation projects and I actively promote the collection, of around 2 million items, at every opportunity. I work closely with the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government, its Agencies and NDPB’s to ensure that best practice in publishing is followed and their material is deposited with the National Library of Scotland and made accessible to everyone that needs to consult it.
The SWOP Business Committee met last Friday to catch up. We started planning for our up and coming AGM and Information Seminar in November and a future visited to Dundee in 2017. More information will follow soon.
Thank you Morag Higgison for providing accommodation and refreshments.
Joining SWOP and the CILIP special interest group on government information (GIG) can help you make these connections. It can give you opportunities to call on others expertise when you need it, widen your knowledge in a particular area, give free training and bursary opportunities, be inspired by others and share your challenges and solutions.
So SWOP you knowlege and expertise or attend the next GIG and see what you are missing.
All members of SWOP are invited and encouraged to post onto this site. We welcome any posts relevant to the world of Official Publications. If you don’t already have access, please contact JA Condie for information.
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One important point to note is that the site uses a system of Categories to funnel and direct posts into specific subject areas.
Please do not create categories of your own. They serve no purpose and will just be deleted by the Admin. When creating a new post please choose a relevant category from the options already available:
Education – Learn more about working with Official Publications
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Thanks for your co-operation in these matters. It may seem a bit nit-picky but it does make a wee Admin’s life easier…
We look forward to reading your posts and remember, please contact me if you have any questions. Training on the use of this site may also be available.