How do you use Scottish Government data?

The Scottish Government  want to get a better understanding of your needs and how you use their data, statistics and research content.

Please take a few minutes to complete a short online survey.


10 things course on social media and information searching skills.

The Scottish Government Library is now taking bookings for our next 10 Things course for those outside the Scottish Government.  10 Things is an online self-directed course developed by us, and is modelled on the 23 Things CPD programme. The aim is for you to spend a little time each week developing your social media and information searching skills over 10 weeks.

Registration is now open for the next course starting on Monday 12th June.  Find out more and book your place at 10 Things. 

Introducing Morag Higgison, SWOP Business Committee member


MoragHiggison  I work as a Librarian in the Scottish Government (SG) Library and my first introduction to SWOP was via a colleague who played an active role within the group.  He always had positive things to say about SWOP so when he retired and asked if I would take over I was very interested to see for myself the diverse agenda and hear the various discussions that take place at SWOP meetings. I certainly have not been disappointed. I attended SWOP meetings throughout the year and found the meetings topical, relevant and practical and have gained much from this experience .  After attending a few meetings there was a vacancy for the Business Committee.  At first I was a wee bit hesitant in putting my name forward as working in a government Library can be unpredictable, never knowing how busy you are going to be or what specialist projects may come up that require time and commitment.  I am now part of the BC and find that this role fits well with my work in the SG Library. I have developed a greater understanding of official publications during my work with the BC, through working collaboratively with committee members, organising events, the sharing of skills and knowledge via training events, attending the AGM and external visits to other organisations and their libraries.

Being part of SWOP and the Business Committee offers a great networking opportunity as currently we have members from many different libraries and organisations.  It’s been helpful in that everyone is friendly and approachable and has been a great learning experience.

If you would like more information on the work of the Business Committee or would like to join  please contact Fiona Laing – SWOP Chair.







#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:

Share your posters with us!

Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective

This policy review was commissioned by the Scottish Government. The agreed purpose was to inform the ongoing development of education policy, practice and leadership in Scotland, by providing an independent review of the direction of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and emerging impacts seen in quality and equity in Scottish schooling. It focuses especially on the cycles corresponding to Broad General Education (BGE, i.e. up to student age 15) with the brief being to:

  • Highlight key impacts of the approach taken to developing the curriculum to date.
  • Analyse key aspects of education policy and practice in Scotland, and integrate insights from PISA and other evidence from different countries/regions.
  • Highlight areas where further change or development could add value to an ongoing programme of educational improvement.

There will be an Scottish Government debate in the Scottish Parliament  on the 12th January 2016

  Delivering a world-class education system

Designing content for – feedback requested

In 2012, the Scottish Government set out its intention to deliver a “single – but not exclusive – point of entry to all digital public services at national and local level”.

This blog post from describes how they are engaging with users to ensure that their product meets users needs.

We want to make sure citizens don’t need to think about organisations to deal with their complex needs

Send them your feedback to ensure they can accomplish this.