The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has been developing an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA).
They are delighted to announce that this archive is now freely available at the following address: http://niopa.qub.ac.uk/
NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public.
They welcome your feedback and any enquiries that you may have
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For your information, NIOPA records and documents are deposited with the British Library under the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013.
A formal launch of NIOPA is planned for early 2018.
Report from Steven Hartshorne, Secretary, SCOOP
This was Andy Zelinger’s first meeting as Chair and one of the first orders of business was the unanimous election of Fiona Laing of the National Library of Scotland (and SWOP, the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications) as Vice-Chair.
Karen George, the chair of the Government Information Group spoke to the committee about the work of GIG, which represents the interests of knowledge and information management specialists working in government departments and agencies, parliamentary and national libraries. Especially of interest were the ways in which the groups could work more closely together, particularly in the areas of training in working with Official Publications and government information. Since there are areas of mutual interest for members of GIG and SCOOP, another area of cooperation would be the promotion of each other’s events and projects.
The committee also discussed the launch of SCOOP’s Print Still Matters questionnaire which will help SCOOP decide on the future development of the PSM project. The original project aims to give an overview of the print Official Publications collections held in libraries in the UK, however the database (and website) have not been updated since 2013. Since keeping it maintained and updated is onerous and undertaking a full and proper revision will incur costs, we devised a short survey to try and find out how much it used and to help us make an informed decision as to whether and how to continue it.
The questionnaire is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H72NZ3C
The committee then went on to discuss the drafting of a further questionnaire for SCOOP members on the future development of the committee and future projects for the committee to work on, such as additions to our very well received Relegation Guides (available here: https://officialpapersuk.wordpress.com/relegation-guides/).
Part of the process of consulting with its members will be a new constitution for the committee which will clearly set out its aims and objectives.
The Scottish Government want to get a better understanding of your needs and how you use their data, statistics and research content.
Please take a few minutes to complete a short online survey.
Book your tickets for the Festival of Politics in Edinburgh this October.
Disposable household income in Scotland in 2015
Check what the average disposable income is for your area
Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) is the total amount of money households have available for spending or saving after tax and National Insurance contributions. This is the money individuals have to spend on household bills, food and other items.
Scotland currently has the fifth highest level of GDHI per person at £18,315, which is just below the UK average of £19,106 per person. Key information is also avaiable from the latest release from the Office for National Statistics (ONS),Regional Gross Disposable Household Income from 1997 to 2015.1
These sites are free to use, but you’ll need a subscription if you wish to download, save or copy any information – or if you want to take advantage of the time saving features. You can find a list of sales partners here for further information on costs etc.
Meanwhile explore the sites for free
United Nations iLibrary
International Telecommunication Union iLibrary
The Commonwealth iLibrary
The National Library of Scotland has a subscripion for the OECD iLibrary which gives increased functionality to this site. It accessible remotely to anyone in Scotland with a Library reader’s card.
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
Please take a moment to complete this SCOOP survey on the future for Print Still Matters.
This website has been used by many SWOP members. Your input would be highly valued.
The first Chamber business of the new parliamentary term takes place on Tuesday (5th Sept) and includes:
First Minister’s statement and debate on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017-18.
Find out more in the Business Bulletin
A very interesting link that may be of interest to Public Librarians and perhaps School Librarians alike.
This leaflet explains the different roles of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government, the UK Parliament and the European Parliament.
Scottish Parliament Publication – Who Does What?