House of Commons Library open day 2020 for librarians and information officers

The House of Commons Library open day 2020 will enable librarians and information officers to visit and hear about the professional and impartial information and research service for Members of Parliament and their staff provided by the Library to MPs and their staff.

This is a full-day event that is scheduled to include: talks and presentations by Library staff, a short tour of Parliament and a rare opportunity to see the Members’ Library.

 

To register your interest, please complete the application form and submit it by 29 November 2019. As there are a limited number of places available, we aim to offer places from a wide range of people currently working across the different library and information sectors. Successful applicants only will be informed by 13 December 2019.

 

Draft Withdrawal Agreement: 7 documents you should bookmark

The Government has now published 3 key documents on the Brexit deal: a draft Withdrawal Agreement, an outline of the political declaration, and an explainer on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The same documents can also be found on the EU’s Taskforce 50 website. Read more 

Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public Participation – Free course

From the 18th September Future Learn is offering  a 3 week course which will cover

• the difference between Parliament and Government including differing roles and responsibilities
• the three parts of Parliament and the role Parliament plays in scrutinising the work of the Government
• an introduction to the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords
• how Parliamentary Questions are used by MPs and members of the House of Lords to hold the Government to account
• the difference between oral and written questions, and how questions can be used to seek immediate answers on urgent or important matters
• what happens during Prime Minister’s Questions and public perceptions of PMQs
• debates in Parliament, including some of the rules and conventions
• the role and work of select committees
• the different types of Bill, and the process of how a Bill becomes a law
• the effect that changes in the law can have on individuals and on society, with reference to specific case studies
• the different ways the public can input in the work of the UK Parliament.

#LibrariesMatter because…

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.

If you would like to know more and become more involved take a few minutes to visit:

http://www.cilips.org.uk/advocacy-campaigns/campaigns/libraries-matter/help-us-show-librariesmatter/
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House of Commons parliamentary papers

Explore the full-text digital archive of House of Commons parliamentary papers back to 1715 with supplementary papers back to 1688 and Hansard, the Official report of debates in Parliament from both House of Commons and House of Lords from 1803-2005 via the National Library of Scotland’s licensed digital collections.
You can get remote access to this resource and many more if you are resident in Scotland with a library card