#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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Who was elected to the Scottish Parliament | Edinburgh Library and Information Services Agency


Check this quick guide for a complete list, with photos, of each MSP elected to represent you in this coming session of the Scottish Parliament.

These is also a list of the current committees and which MSPs will be serving on these committees.

This information appears on the Scottish Parliament website where you can subscribe to their e-bulletin – A Week in the Scottish Parliament

SPICe Briefings on Europe

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre produce an excellent selection of research briefings available to view on EU and International Affairs.  You can view more about the history of the EU, the Institutions involved and the impact of EU membership in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament offers a free eBulletin newsletter with information about future debates and events. This is issued each week, normally on Friday afternoon and SPICe include information on their briefings in this publication. Registration is required.

Your Scottish Parliament: Your Voice – Workshops


The Scottish Parliament is offering free workshops which give the opportunity to learn more about how the Parliament works and how to make your voice heard.Dates: 21 January, 23 February and, 24 March 2016 Time: 10.00 am – 12.30 pm Venue: Scottish Parliament, Holyrood (room TG20-21)

Follow #YourScotParlTweets about from:scotparl AND #yourscotparl

  • Do you want to understand the business of the Scottish Parliament?
  • Are you unsure how to influence and make your voice heard?
  • Want to learn more about how Bills are made and passed?
  • Need to know how to write evidence for Committees?

For More Information: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/95009.aspx

Digital Developments: the Scottish Perspective

A post by our own Helen Costello for SCOOPs new blog


The Scottish Parliament has recently developed a variety of digital working practices that are designed to transform current approaches to many of the organisations core business activities. The main aim is that anyone will be able to consume services digitally, enabling them to connect, communicate and collaborate more successfully with others.

A number of recent innovations are already in place aimed at realising some of the core benefits of the ‘digital by default’ philosophy not least of which is the Open Data project, now in its first phase.   The objective of the Open Data Project is to open our parliamentary business data so that you can freely re-use it with no restrictions other than attributing it to the Scottish Parliament.   The Scottish Parliament Open Licence enables you to do this and the approach to opening our data is consistent with methods applied by the UK Government as set out in…

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Scottish Parliament business publications

There is no longer a single contracted official print publisher for the Scottish Parliament.

Members of the public who wish printed copies of Scottish Parliament business documents such as committee reports can approach any of the suppliers listed on the webpage that has been created. This is a non-endorsed supplier list, which means those included have not been vetted by the Parliament and the Parliament has no involvement in determining matters such as price, quality or delivery arrangements.


Scottish Parliament’s Business Publications

With effect from 10 July, the Scottish Parliament will become its own publisher. The main changes to note are:

  • The Scottish Parliament will no longer allocate ISBNs to its publications
  • The Scottish Parliament will no longer print its publications
  • The National Library of Scotland will manage legal deposit for the Scottish Parliament and will catalogue its publications
  • APS will no longer send out a daily list but the Scottish Parliament will instead list each day’s publications on its website. You may want to bookmark the page for easy reference:

If you would like to subscribe to an email alert that lists the previous week’s publications, please contact Public Information at the Scottish Scottish Parliament’s Business Publications


The publications affected by this change are:

These publications are mostly serials and can be identified by date of issue and/or by a series number. They are all available free of charge on the Scottish Parliament’s website, either via the latest publications page or by the direct links above.