#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!


a message from ELISA

New website
We’d like to introduce, and welcome you to, ELISA’s new website. Please take a look around:

  • Visit the News page to read all of our latest posts
  • Learn About ELISA or find information on how to Join Us
  • Keep up to date with news about our Projects and updates from our Working Groups
  • Get info on upcoming meetings, training and other occasions from our Events posts

With the sad demise of the TACIT newsletter, ELISA’s Web and e-content Group hopes this new, re-branded website will fill the gap left in the Edinburgh information landscape. The new site is located at:  http://edinburghlibrariesagency.wordpress.com/ 

Please ‘Follow us’ to receive regular email updates from the site.

Edinburgh Library and Information Services Agency (ELISA) works collaboratively to raise awareness of the collections and services of library, museum, archive, records management and information resources in Edinburgh.

SWOP on Twitter

The Business Committee have decided to change SWOP’s Twitter username since the old name, @SWOP2013, contained a fairly meaningless number.

I’m sure you’ll agree that the new name, @SWOPforum, makes more sense, looks better and is much easier to remember.

If you already follow SWOP on Twitter you shouldn’t have to do anything. The technology is very clever and should sort everything out for you automatically.  If you don’t already follow SWOP on Twitter – why not?!?  By following @SWOPforum you’ll see all of our tweets and retweets on OP and related matters on your Twitter Homepage – as well as notifications of new posts here on SWOP Blog.

Hope to see you in the tweetosphere   🙂


Time travel – part 2

I think I’ve finally finished fiddling with this site…for the moment anyway. I’d really welcome your feedback

A Very Fine Library

I’ve recently spent a lot of time developing and enhancing the SWOP Blog so it can become the group’s primary public site. A major piece of work was designing and building a new home for SWOP’s unique ‘Directory of Official Publications in Scotland‘, then transferring, checking and updating all directory entries from the old website.

I created ‘Events’ listings, added a word cloud and Twitter feed – and my recent #happygeek moment was setting up new ‘pages’ and figuring out how to re-direct posts to them via the ‘Categories’ function. Such fun! Finally, I added a welcome page and re-jigged the site to make that the new home page – all done.

SWOP Blog - now SWOP Blog

I used the same template/theme for SWOP Blog as I chose for A Very Fine Library. Initially, this was for reasons of expediency (see here) but I’m so happy with the look and…

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SWOP Directory

Calling all SWOP members (and other interested parties)!

I’m currently working to update the entries contained in our Directory of Official Publications in Scotland.  I’ve been emailing the contact addresses we have available so, please check your Inbox!  However, even if you haven’t received anything from me, please feel free to examine the entry for your organization and let me know if anything needs amended.

If I don’t hear back by the end of the month, entries will be moved into the Directory Archive.  This is an entirely reversible process so don’t hesitate to get in touch about changes, even after that date.





I’ve finished transferring content from the SWOP website to the Directory here on the Blog.  Information has been directly transferred, except for instances where there was an obvious error in the page headings.

What do you think of this method?  Does it work?

I welcome any feedback you have on this or any other recent changes to the blog.




Please do not be alarmed!

As part of the sub-group looking at SWOP’s online presence I volunteered to investigate how the SWOP blog could perhaps be expanded.  Since the existing ‘theme’ did not support the addition of extra pages, I had to change it.

Please rest assured, we can go back to the old look if required.  This is just an experiment… having said that, I’d welcome your comments on the new look and layout (especially the extra pages).  Also, I’ll be at the AGM on Wednesday if you wish to tackle me in person…

Thanks – and apologies for any consternation caused


Social media in the workplace

Productive SWOP Business Committee meeting this morning.

We are hoping to offer a half day seminar in Edinburgh towards the end of January on blogging, twitter, wikis and communites of practice for SWOP members.

Please complete your SWOP Skills Surveys and return them to Fiona McParland.

Plans in hand for SWOP AGM on November 24th at St Andrews House. More details once speakers confirmed.