As part of an on-going digitization programme between the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress issues of the congressional record covering the first world war are now freely available to access.
The congressional record is the official record of debates in the US congress .
In the lead up to the local government election in May CILIP in Scotland will be campaigning for libraries across Scotland and showing why #LibrariesMatter. SWOP members can help with this campaign.
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The latest Scottish Official Publication Listing can be viewed here: 082016
The National Library of Scotland has a new web page with resources relating to the European Union and the forthcoming referendum.
Anyone interested in the Scottish Government’s Digital Participation work may be interested to know the SQA have developed a suite of 19 training videos to help people with some common online activities from carrying out a search to using social media, playing games, booking tickets, shopping and more.
View them here
This year will see some fundamental changes to the way in which Parliamentary Papers are made available to the public and in light of this, we have been given permission to reproduce a statement issued by TSO on their future plans for the publication of hard copy Parliamentary Papers.
“After 31st March 2016, TSO/Williams Lea Tag will no longer be printing the full range of papers for the House of Commons and House of Lords own use.
However, we will still be printing House of Commons Bills, Explanatory Notes and some Select Committee Reports for the House of Commons until 31st December 2016 and at the same time continue to supply these materials in print format to our external customers.
The House of Commons Daily Hansard and Bound volumes will continue to be supplied, as now in print format, to our external customers.
After 31st March, 2016, The House of Lords Bound Volumes will continue to be supplied in print format to our external customers. However, there will be no supply in print format of other House of Lords materials.
The TSO online library www.officialpublicationsonline.co.uk will be offered with more flexible options to purchase download of PDFs as a means of sourcing materials no longer to be supplied in print format.
Update newsletters will shortly be released confirming the arrangements for supply of House of Lords and House of Commons materials after 31 March 2016. The newsletters will be issued to all TSO external customers (including suppliers) and the Chairs of the various “Library Groups” we support.”
Access to the electronic editions of Parliamentary Papers will continue to be available via the various online sources, such as the Gov.Uk Official Publications portal, the Publications and Records section of Parliament.Uk, the TSO’s own Official Publications Online (referenced above), Dandy’s Public Information Online, and ProQuest’s Parliamentary Papers website.
The National Library of Scotland has been working in partnership with Proquest and the House of Lords to digitise 19th century House of Lords papers. These are now available alongside the House of Commons digitised material on the HCPP database.
The project is on going and more material will be added to the site as it becomes available.
The HCPP database can be accessed by anyone in Scotland that has a reader’s card for the National Library of Scotland.
In 2012, the Scottish Government set out its intention to deliver a “single – but not exclusive – point of entry to all digital public services at national and local level”.
This blog post from Mygov.scot describes how they are engaging with users to ensure that their product meets users needs.
“We want to make sure citizens don’t need to think about organisations to deal with their complex needs”
Send them your feedback to ensure they can accomplish this.
Whilst I was visiting the Bodleian in Oxford last week I met Lucy McCann who is the chair of SCOLMA.
SCOLMA is a forum for librarians, archivists and others concerned with African studies materials in libraries and archives in the United Kingdom.
They produce a journal entitled ARD and the website give useful links to digitised collections and electronic resources.
Find out what has changed with publishing arrangement over the summer at the Scottish Parliament and particularly the Official Report by reading the Editor of the Official Reports Editor’s Pick blog
Recorded deaths of Scottish seafarers online for the first time
A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 is now available online for the first time. Over 14,000 new records are being made available by National Records of Scotland through ScotlandsPeople from today. They include Deaths of Seamen listing Scots along with other crew members of all nationalities who were serving on British-registered vessels, 1909-1974. This includes crewmen on the Titanic.
More information on what is included on the Scottish Government website
A joint project of the Library of Parliament and Canadiana.org, the Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal includes all debates the House of Commons and Senate from Parliament 1, Session 1 (1867) until 1994 (House) and 1996 (Senate) when coverage begins on the Parliamentary website parl.gc.ca. The new website Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada is keyword searchable and allows you to limit your search to either the Senate or the House of Commons or both chambers. More than 1575 volumes of debates were digitized.
The UN Index to Proceedings provides a window into the annual meetings of the main UN organs – General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and the Security Council.
The Index to Proceedings ceased in print version in 2011 and is now available as a free PDF download.
The National Library of Scotland is a United Nations Depository Library and as such holds a large collection of printed material from the UN and it’s sub bodies. These can all be consulted in our main reading room in George IV Bridge, Edinburgh