Scottish Official Publication Listing – July 2017

The latest Scottish Official Publication Listings can now be viewed here: July 2017

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Directory highlight – Edinburgh University Library

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Hannah Mateer, Collections Lifecycle Manager at University of Edinburgh Main Library has sent us an update on their OP collection.  Hahhah said:

The University of Edinburgh Library is working with the National Library of Scotland to create a unified, accessible collection of UK Parliamentary Papers within the city of Edinburgh, based at the National Library. Requests for UK Parliamentary Papers should be made to the National Library of Scotland.

The full entry can be viewed here.

Thanks for the update Hannah.

New Directory entry: Leisure and Culture Dundee Central Library

Carol Howarth at the Reference & Information Centre of Dundee Central Library has recently updated us with details of their OP collection:

  • Public General Acts and Measures
  • Acts of the Scottish Parliament
  • Miscellaneous Government Reports (historical)
  • Collection of EU publications
  • Census of Great Britain
  • Census of Scotland
  • Historic Scotland publications
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland publications
  • Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society

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Thanks for the update Carol!

Directory highlight: Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA)

Jill Tivey, Librarian & Information Manager at SASA describes their collection like this:

Publications by Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture and under its previous name, the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency e.g. pesticide usage in Scotland surveys, pesticide poisoning of animals reports, annual reports.

Publications of other Scottish and UK bodies where relevant to SASA’s work e.g. DEFRA, Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage. Also includes historical material e.g. from Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland (DAFS) and Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food (MAFF).

Limited collection of material from international bodies where relevant to SASA’s work.

Reference access to this interesting collection may be given to genuine researchers, on written application.

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New Directory entry: Marine Scotland Science

I’d like to welcome another organisation to the SWOP Directory, Marine Scotland Science.
Library and Information Manager, Helen McGregor describes her collection as follows:

Copies of Marine Scotland Science publications, and copies of Fisheries Research Services and Fishery Board for Scotland publications (previous names of Marine Scotland Science). These include sea fisheries statistics, Marine Research, Fishery Bulletin and annual reports of the Fishery Board of Scotland.

It also includes copies of all reports published by the Marine or Freshwater Fisheries Laboratories.

Publications from other bodies are collected where there is relevance to MSS’s work. The collection is held at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, with publications relating to freshwater held at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory near Pitlochry

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historical Collection

This sounds like a very interesting collection. It didn’t seem to contain much in the way of OP materials but the UKOfficialPapers blog has clarified that for me:

 

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Hi there, They do have many treaties as part of the collection ‘The “custody of [all] original treaties with Foreign Powers” was one of the prime responsibilities of the Foreign Office Library for much of its history. Amongst numerous treaties in the collection is an annotated bound volume of peace treaties between Great Britain and Foreign Powers (1814–41). Its manuscript index, carefully compiled by the Librarian Lewis Hertslet, lists each treaty in chronological order and also notes any “Specific British Engagements”. Volumes of press cuttings relate to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the Treaty of Versailles and the foundation of the League of Nations. Further volumes in the collection contain versions of the Treaty of Versailles in various languages.’ http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivespec/special-collections/Individualcollections/fco.aspx

The collection will also include parliamentary papers. Hope that helps, Hannah

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The Foreign Office was created in 1782 and merged to become the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1968. The historical library collection of the FCO was transferred to  Kings College London in 2007 on permanent loan. The collection comprises of over 80,000 items to include photographs and manuscripts. For the historian this is an excellent primary resource. As the FCO was the department responsible for the conduct of relations with nearly all foreign states they are a window to Britain’s colonial past covering subjects such as slavery and the abolition of, railways, expeditions, diplomatic relations and war.

The majority of the collection is housed in the Foyle Special Collections Library. Anyone can view the collections though if you are not a member of Kings College a prior appointment is advisable. The collection is not lending but copies can be supplied and readers are allowed to use their own…

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Doors Open Day 24 September 2016

The Advocates Library will be open tomorrow from 10am-4pm for tours as part of Doors Open Day 2016 in Edinburgh. You need to come to the building to book on a tour – come early as it is very popular!  This is an excellent opportunity to come and see part of our collection including Official Publications.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/angela-grahame-advocates-library-opens-its-doors-1-4220915

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.