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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I am a Serials Librarian proud of my unique role within the historic and traditional Advocates Library. Unique as I am responsible for a serials collection comprising of stock acquired via print legal deposit and purchased subscriptions. Traditional as our collection is largely print based and we bind most journals to keep infinitum. My technical speciality is print and online subscription management for journals, loose leaf updates, databases and legislative materials. Official publications form a very small but vitally important part of my day to day work.
I initially joined SWOP as a representative of the Advocates Library seeking to develop and learn more about Official Publications. I joined the Business Committee in 2012 and enjoy working at the heart of the group. The work of the committee is very wide and varied – a great opportunity to meet new people and be involved in exciting projects. I believe SWOP is a vital resource providing access to a network of individuals from the field of Official Publications, each with their own area of expertise.
Many congratulations to the Scottish Law Librarians Group who hosted their AGM on 12 May 2015 at the Quaker Meeting House. At this meeting there was a very interesting talk given by Gary Hart Senior Community Outreach and Engagement Officer, House of Parliament. During the talk Mr Hart outlined the process a bill takes through the House of Commons and the House of Lords in order to become an Act of Parliament. You can read more about Bills v Acts on the Houses of Parliament Web Pages.
If you would like to read more on this presentation and also the SLLG AGM please take a look at their excellent blog.
Today the Scottish Law Commission published their Joint Report on Statute Law Repeals: Twentieth Report Draft Statute Law (Repeals) Bill.
The Report can be downloaded from our website at http://www.scotlawcom.gov.uk/news/twentieth-report-on-statute-law-repeals/
This publication may interest some SWOP members.
Please note: a new feature has just been added to the website – an RSS link to the current edition of the Scottish Parliament’s Weekly eBulletin.
You’ll find the link in the sidebar, underneath the ‘Latest news’ section. I hope you find it useful.
The latest listing of Scottish Official Publications can now be viewed here: April 2015
The latest list can be viewed here: August 2014
The latest Scottish Official Publications Listing document is now available to view here: July 2014
The latest Scottish Official Publication Listing from APS can be viewed here: June 2014
I’m not entirely certain what sort of posts are wanted on this blog… but I thought some SWOP folk might be interested in this post I wrote for my own blog. It is about how I go about locating local SIs
Yesterday I was searching for an old Statutory Instrument. It was only of local interest – so not re-printed in the official volume… I love this sort of enquiry!
The Urr Navigation Order 1901
I would usually expect to find copies of such items in my Very Fine Library. However, our collection of these local SIs only dates from 1930. Next step, check the National Archives of Scotland. Their catalogue showed two items that might have been what I wanted but it was uncertain. I passed this info to my enquirer so he could go and look for himself… but this was an unsatisfying result for me. No fun.
These local SIs – by their very nature – are of local interest only (the clue’s in the title). Copies would usually be lodged with local council offices. The problem is, due to multifarious reformations of local government through the…
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Today at the State Opening of Parliament the Queen delivered her address outlining the legislative agenda of the Coalition Government for the forthcoming parliamentary session.
The State Opening takes place on the first day of a new parliamentary session, or shortly after a general election, and is the main ceremonial event of the parliamentary calendar.
You can watch the full speech on the UKParliament YouTube channel.
In total there are 15 bills and 4 draft bills proposed. These include:-
- House of Lords Reform Bill – to modernise and reduce the membership of the House of Lords
- Pension Bill – to raise the state pension age to 67 between 2026 and 2028 and make it more sustainable as average lifespan increases
- Banking Reform Bill – to split banks into retail and investment arms and reduce taxpayer risk in the event of a bank going bust
- Draft Communications Bill – could allow police and intelligence agencies to more easily collect data on texts and emails
Following the Queen’s speech the House of Commons returns to its Chambers, the House of Lords is cleared, and the Debate of the Address begins: five days of debate on the content of the speech.
You may not be aware that Justis have now added electronic versions of all UK local legislation to their subscription database. The original plan had been that OPSI would make the data available to the general public via the Statute Law Database (now at legislation.gov.uk), but this has not yet happened. This is how Justis describe their coverage:
1. UK Local Acts
|Coverage||1797 – Present|
|Update Frequency||Dependent on release of new material|
|Data Provider||Office of Public Sector Information|
|Additional Info||A growing collection of Private Acts is included as part of this series|
- 2. A complete and fully searchable database of all as-enacted, full-text local legislation from 1797 to date, incorporating a growing collection of private and personal legislation
This is the most comprehensive collection of local acts available electronically anywhere.
The series contains a diverse collection of full-text, as-enacted material on land, public access and all manner of local issues that afford unique benefits or powers not available under general law. It can be used in the specific jurisdiction over which each act has authority or provide guidance or inspiration elsewhere.
Fully and intuitively searchable in isolation or alongside other series to which you subscribe on Justis, it will also be indexed on JustCite, allowing you to see how the various pieces of legislation it contains have been put to use in court.
The Local Acts on Justis are unique for a number of reasons:
Elsewhere, most of its full-text content is available only in hardcopy
On other databases, electronic records go back only to 1991
Nowhere else are references to Local Acts as easy to search as they are on Justis
- 3. A note on Private Acts
While in development, our growing collection of Private Acts (also known as Personal Acts) is included for free for subscribers of the Local Acts series. Most of its material is from pre-1834 and is in the painstaking process of being data-captured, while the bulk of post-1834 material is in place.
- Class Sizes (SPICe Briefing 11-09) – this briefing looks at changes in policy and developments in reducing class sizes, especially in lower primary classes
- Economic Indicators (SPICe Briefing 11-10) – most recent data which shows trends in areas of the Scottish economy, such as house prices, unemployment and economic growth
- Homes Fit for the 21st Century: The Scottish Government’s Strategy and Action Plan for Housing in the Next Decade: 2011-2020 – report lays out the Governments vision for housing over the coming decade
- Living and Dying Well: Building on Progress – the Living and Dying Well action plan to provide high-quality end-of-life care was launched in 2008. This report looks at the progress made since and work still to be done
- Scotland’s Budget Documents: The 2010-11 Spring Budget Revision to the Budget (Scotland) Act for the year ending 31 March 2011 (SG/2011/04) – Spring Budget Revisions which were laid before Parliament in January 2011. See also the Supporting Document (SG/2011/2)
- Social Work Services in Scotland’s Prisons: A National Inspection – report from the Social Work Inspection Agency makes recommendations on the future of prison-based social work services
- Stage 1 Report on the Public Records (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 580) – 1st Report from the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee in support of the bill which was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in October 2010 with the aim of ensuring effective methods of records management
- Widening Access to Higher Education (SPICe Briefing 11-07) – briefing examines the way in which Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) recruit new students
- A National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People – a joint approach between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Anti-Bullying Steering Group has been developed in a bid to co-ordinate efforts to reduce bullying in Scotland
- Cancun: UN Climate Change Negotiations (SPICe Briefing 10/87) – the UN Climate Change Conference takes place in Cancun between 29 November – 10 December. This paper looks at developments since the last conference in Copenhagen and possible outcomes of this years
- Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill [As passed] (SP Bill 41B, Session 3, 2010) – new legislation which establishes Childrens Hearings Scotland, a new corporate body, and changes previous legislation regarding the Childrens Panel and hearings system
- Demographic Change in Scotland – the population of Scotland is changing in many ways but most importantly it is decreasing and ageing. This research report looks at evidence on which to base future policy decisions
- Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland 2009-10 – Statistical Bulletin Crime and Justice Series – this bulletin provides statistics on the number of domestic abuse cases which were reported to the eight police forces across Scotland during 2009-10. Provides a useful breakdown of sex of perpetrator and relationship to victim
- Draft Budget 2011-12 (SPICe Briefing 10/80) – briefing paper which includes a detailed breakdown of the Government’s spending plans
- Economic Indicators (SPICe Briefing 10/76) – paper provides data on several key indicators such as unemployment, house prices and UK inflation rates
- Equality Statement Scottish Budget 2011-12 – an equality report from the Government which shows how they plan to ensure that equality is taken into account when managing future spending cuts
- Experience of Civil Law Problems in Scotland 1997-2004 – a look at the nature and results of civil law problems in Scotland
- Health in Scotland 2009 Time for Change: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer – annual publication which shows trends in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy in Scotland, and makes comparisons against other areas in the UK
- Public Spending in Scotland – Engaging with the people of Scotland – report presents results from the public consultation which followed the Independent Budget Review (IBR) Report in July
- Report of the Working Group on the Scots Language – the report from the ministerial group which sets out recommendations for the future development of the Scots language
- Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12 – sets out how the Government plans to manage spending in Scotland in light of the reduced allocation from Westminster