SWOP in sunny Dundee

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.

main_library2Scott 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.

Morag Ferguson
Reader Services
Advocates Library

Doors Open Day 24 September 2016

The Advocates Library will be open tomorrow from 10am-4pm for tours as part of Doors Open Day 2016 in Edinburgh. You need to come to the building to book on a tour – come early as it is very popular!  This is an excellent opportunity to come and see part of our collection including Official Publications.


The Supreme Courts Library

I had the pleasure of organising and attending a joint SWOP/ CILIP Government Information Group visit to the Supreme Courts Library at the end of last month.

Scotland’s Supreme Courts are based in Parliament House in Edinburgh.

The Supreme Courts are:

The Court of Session  – Scotland’s supreme civil court (a court of first instance and a court of appeal) The High Court of Justiciary- Scotland’s supreme criminal court The courts complex consists of 7or 8 buildings behind one façade.

Jennie Findlay who is the Librarian works for the Senators of the College, and the Supreme Courts staff. There are currently plans to introduce a similar level of library support for the Sheriff Courts.

Although there are currently 4 library locations for the courts there are almost a hundred locations for the book stock.

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