SWOP Directory update!

The SWOP Directory of Official Publications in Scotland has been updated for 2015!

This collection of OP information is unique to SWOP and we encourage you to make use of it.

If your organization’s entry has not been updated this year, please contact me with details of the required changes.

Or, if you wish to have an entry added to the directory, please fill in the appropriate form available here.

Next SWOP meeting – June 2015

Faculty of Advocates - Mackenzie Building
Faculty of Advocates – Mackenzie Building

I’m re-posting this due to a slight change of venue

Our next SWOP meeting will be on Wednesday 17th June 2015 at 2.30pm – 4.30pm at the Faculty of Advocates, Mackenzie Building, 172 High Street, Edinburgh

Jonathan Ellis from the Scottish Government will be joining us to speak about the new public service portal Mygov.scot.

Please keep this date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there.  Further details regarding agenda and venue etc. to follow.

Please register you attendance via Eventbrite

New logo – new look

The Business Committee has decided, for a number of reasons, to change the SWOP logo to something simpler and cleaner. Due to the relative starkness of the new logo I felt it necessary to change the theme of this website at the same time. The theme I originally chose was called, aptly enough, ‘Plane’:

SWOP - Plane theme
blog theme – Plane

At Wednesday’s meeting I received some useful feedback on this theme. The two main points were: the banner is far too large (which is true – the screen is really just made of banner); and the menu bar is almost unnoticeable up at the top of the screen. Following this I’ve been investigating new themes today. I tried out a few before settling on this one. It’s called Sequential:

SWOP - Sequential theme
blog theme – Sequential

I really like this. It’s clean and unfussy, elegant and professional. It echoes the simplicity of the new logo but has a complimentary colour scheme that is understated but gives the site some life. Also, the menu bar has far more prominence on the page… but what do you think?

I’ll be interested to see what you say (and I want to test the polling function) but I do not promise to be bound in any way by the results  😉

5 years ago today…

Google Doodle: alessandro-voltas-270th-birthday

According to Google, today is Alessandro Volta’s 270th birthday – Happy Birthday Mr Volta! Some other events on this day in history:

  • 1564 – artist Michelanglelo died in Rome
  • 1841 – the first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began, lasting until March 11th
  • 1885 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published
  • 1930 – the planet Pluto was discovered (also, ‘Elm Farm Ollie’ became the first cow to fly in a plane)
  • 1952 – Greece and Turkey became members of NATO
  • 1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise took its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747
  • 1979 – Snow fell in the Sahara Desert

It also so happens that, 5 years ago today, the very first post was posted onto this site!

I’ve been looking for other momentous occurrences on that day but, to be honest, Thursday the 18th February 2010 was kind of dull. It looks like the Houses of Commons and Lords were both in recess. The Scottish Parliament was too but, according to the Minutes of Chamber Proceedings – 24 February Vol. 3, No 55 Session 3, the Scottish Law Commission somehow managed to lay their Annual Report 2009 (SG/2010/8) before Parliament on the 18th (it was not subject to any parliamentary procedure). Nicely done SLC!

In world news, Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama, which was nice and The Telegraph had this cute picture of a Canadian baby

A newborn baby is photographed covered by a cosy knitted hat and propping its tiny chin up on its delicate fingers. Stephanie Robin, from Ontario, Canada,  takes pictures of tiny tots in adorable poses, just days after they are born

So, SWOP was pretty much the highlight of the day. I’m sure Google will Doodle us next year…

Save the date – next SWOP meeting

Dear Colleagues,

Our next SWOP meeting will be on Wednesday 4th March at 2.30pm at the Advocates Library.

Paul Gray from the Scottish Government Library will speak at the end of the meeting about the ’10 things project’ developed by the SG library.

Please keep this date in your diary and I look forward to seeing you there.  Further details regarding agenda and venue etc. will follow.

Kind regards

Helen Costello
Secretary of SWOP

SWOP Forum – 2014 in review

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people…

2014 was a fairly busy year in the world of Scottish Official Publications (what with the Independence Referendum) and for SWOP in particular (Happy 25th Anniversary!!!)

The WordPress.com monkeys have prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. The most surprising (and delightful) piece of info, from my point of view, is that we received visitors from 67 different countries!!! 

Also, the busiest day of the year was 19th November with 118 views – what on earth could have been happening on that day?

Please click here to view the full report.

#swop25th Anniversary AGM – a brief report

This afternoon SWOP held its 25th Anniversary AGM at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. A gratifyingly large number of SWOP members, old and new, turned up to mark the occasion.

SWOP – originally the Scottish Working Group on Official Publications – held its first meeting in 1989. A few years later the first edition of the Directory of Official Publications in Scotland was published. I got a little geeky thrill when Fiona showed us a copy of that, since I spent a fair bit of last year building the current version of the Directory which lives on this site.

Once the official AGM business had been carried out, and the winner of the photo competition had been drawn, we had a couple of very interesting and informative presentations.

First Juliet Grimes from the Scottish Government gave us a very entertaining talk on Responsible Procurement. It’s good to know that Scotland is a world leader in the development of sustainable procurement via the “Marrakech Process” (aka the “Machrihanish Process” – though Juliet’s attempt at Scotification has so far failed to catch on).  Juliet also made an amusing comparison between the serialisation of Dickens’ Pickwick Papers and the tweets of Why my Cat is Sad.

Then Dr Amy Todman (National Library of Scotland) provided an overview of the challenges of collecting the diverse range of materials related to the Scottish Independence Referendum. I for one am relieved to learn that, due to the introduction of new parody legislation, NLS will be able to collect the marvellous videos of Lady Alba.

Once the AGM and presentations were over it was time for some networking …and a little bit of wine. The Business Committee laid on a huge and excellent selection of food. We had a good go at devouring it all but there was still plenty to take home in doggie bags. Speaking of which…

This was, without doubt, the best 25th Anniversary AGM I have ever attended. Very happy Birthday SWOP!

#swop25th photo competition – and the winner is…

…our very own convenor Fiona Laing!

“Fix!” you cry – but no.  Here is pictorial evidence of the prize draw itself:

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 19.31.00
photo by @JennyForeman

Thanks to all those who entered the competition on here, on Twitter or via the KHub page. The pictures looked great. I’ll try to post as many of them on here as I can – though some SWOP members prefer the seclusion of the KHub.  I’ll see what can be done…

Anyway, congratulations Fiona!  We’re not jealous at all   🙂

#swop25 photo comp

This isn’t exactly the view from my desk, but it’s the new view for lots of our students. Our newly refurbished area in the main library houses our High Demand collection – which you can see here behind the glass walls. I’m still waiting for Tom Cruise to drop out of the ceiling….
I’m posting this on the train so please excuse any typos 🙂

SWOP 25th Anniversary AGM

Dear Colleagues,

Our next SWOP meeting, which is the AGM celebrating our 25th Anniversary, will be held on Wednesday 19th November at 3pm in Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL.

Information about the venue can be found here

The meeting will be followed by a presentation by Juliet Grimes (Scottish Government) on Responsible Procurement

Dr Amy Todman (National Library of Scotland) will give a short overview on the challenges of collecting a diverse range of materials related to the Scottish Independence Referendum.

25th Anniversary Celebrations
Refreshments will be available at the end of the meeting to celebrate SWOP’s anniversary and give an opportunity to catch up with colleagues.

For catering purposes please let me know if you are able to attend this meeting no later than close of play Friday 7th November including any dietary requirements.

SWOP is currently in the process of recruiting new members for the Business Committee.  The Business Committee meets three times a year and members are currently involved in taking forward some exciting collaborative eLearning projects with RGU and SLLG.  Being part of the BC provides excellent opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues who specialise in a range of Library and Information services providing creative opportunities for CPD activity and valuable cross industry networking.  If you are interested please contact Fiona Laing

If you haven’t already done so, please post a photo of your library space – on Twitter, here on the website, or on the Knowledge Hub pages – to enter the #swop25th competition

I look forward to seeing you there

Helen Costello
SWOP Secretary