On Wednesday 13th June SWOP visited the Glasgow Women’s Library. We received plenty of tea and cake – along with a very warm welcome – at this unique museum of women’s history.
“I had no idea that the Glasgow Women’s Library had so much to offer. Apart from the traditional lending library there is also lots of interesting artefacts in the archive collection, too many to mention and definitely worth a trip out from Glasgow City Centre for a visit. Thanks for a great afternoon” – Morag Higgison, Scottish Government Library
Our next SWOP meeting will be on Wednesday 13th June at the Glasgow Women’s Library.
Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is a national treasure! It is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities. Highlights from GWL’s collections include Suffragette postcards and jewellery, feminist posters and badges, archives of organisations such as Scottish Women’s Aid and UK Family Planning Association and knitting and dress-making patterns.
It was a finalist in CILIP’s Libraries Change Lives Award in 2017, for its weekly read aloud group, Story Cafe.
SWOP – originally the Scottish Working Group on Official Publications – held its first meeting in 1989. A few years later the first edition of the Directory of Official Publications in Scotland was published. I got a little geeky thrill when Fiona showed us a copy of that, since I spent a fair bit of last year building the current version of the Directory which lives on this site.
In 1989 @SWOPforum was established & www was invented. Is there is a correlation between these 2 events? There may well be! 😉 #swop25th
Once the official AGM business had been carried out, and the winner of the photo competition had been drawn, we had a couple of very interesting and informative presentations.
First Juliet Grimes from the Scottish Government gave us a very entertaining talk on Responsible Procurement. It’s good to know that Scotland is a world leader in the development of sustainable procurement via the “Marrakech Process” (aka the “Machrihanish Process” – though Juliet’s attempt at Scotification has so far failed to catch on). Juliet also made an amusing comparison between the serialisation of Dickens’ Pickwick Papers and the tweets of Why my Cat is Sad.
Then Dr Amy Todman (National Library of Scotland) provided an overview of the challenges of collecting the diverse range of materials related to the Scottish Independence Referendum. I for one am relieved to learn that, due to the introduction of new parody legislation, NLS will be able to collect the marvellous videos of Lady Alba.
Once the AGM and presentations were over it was time for some networking …and a little bit of wine. The Business Committee laid on a huge and excellent selection of food. We had a good go at devouring it all but there was still plenty to take home in doggie bags. Speaking of which…
“Fix!” you cry – but no. Here is pictorial evidence of the prize draw itself:
Thanks to all those who entered the competition on here, on Twitter or via the KHub page. The pictures looked great. I’ll try to post as many of them on here as I can – though some SWOP members prefer the seclusion of the KHub. I’ll see what can be done…
Anyway, congratulations Fiona! We’re not jealous at all 🙂
The meeting will be followed by a presentation by Juliet Grimes (Scottish Government) on Responsible Procurement
Dr Amy Todman (National Library of Scotland) will give a short overview on the challenges of collecting a diverse range of materials related to the Scottish Independence Referendum.
25th Anniversary Celebrations Refreshments will be available at the end of the meeting to celebrate SWOP’s anniversary and give an opportunity to catch up with colleagues.
For catering purposes please let me know if you are able to attend this meeting no later than close of play Friday 7th November including any dietary requirements.
SWOP is currently in the process of recruiting new members for the Business Committee. The Business Committee meets three times a year and members are currently involved in taking forward some exciting collaborative eLearning projects with RGU and SLLG. Being part of the BC provides excellent opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues who specialise in a range of Library and Information services providing creative opportunities for CPD activity and valuable cross industry networking. If you are interested please contact Fiona Laing
If you haven’t already done so, please post a photo of your library space – on Twitter, here on the website, or on the Knowledge Hub pages – to enter the #swop25th competition
Our next SWOP meeting will be the AGM on Wednesday 19th November 2014, 3pm at Augustine United Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
This will be a special 25th Anniversary AGM where we will be taking the opportunity to reflect over what has changed in the world of Official Publications over the last quarter century. Former members will also be invited to help celebrate this significant moment in SWOP’s history and enjoy the social gathering afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there!
AGM 19th November, 3pm
Venue: Augustine United Church, 41-43 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL Scotland
Our next SWOP meeting will be the AGM on Wednesday 19th November 2014 at 3pm. SWOP will be holding a special 25th Anniversary AGM where we will be taking the opportunity to reflect over what has changed in the world of Official Publications over the last quarter century. Former members will also be invited to help celebrate this significant moment in SWOP’s history and enjoy the social gathering afterwards. Please do keep this date in your diary and I look forward to seeing you there. Further details regarding venue etc. will follow.