Scottish Official Publication Listings

The listings for February-May 2017 are now available to view here:

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#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:

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Business Committee Member – Sharron Wilson

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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. 

 

UK Parliament and The Law – Gary Hart

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.

 

 

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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

A Very Fine Library

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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