Save the date!!!

This year’s SWOP AGM will be a half day event at the Advocates Library on 24th November, 1-5pm.

We hope to have 2 or 3 speakers and time for networking – with coffee and cake! – as well as the AGM.

More details will follow but please mark your calendars in the meantime.

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#swop25th Anniversary AGM – a brief report

This afternoon SWOP held its 25th Anniversary AGM at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. A gratifyingly large number of SWOP members, old and new, turned up to mark the occasion.

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.

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…

This was, without doubt, the best 25th Anniversary AGM I have ever attended. Very happy Birthday SWOP!

#swop25th photo competition – and the winner is…

…our very own convenor Fiona Laing!

“Fix!” you cry – but no.  Here is pictorial evidence of the prize draw itself:

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photo by @JennyForeman

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   🙂

SWOP 25th Anniversary AGM

Dear Colleagues,

Our next SWOP meeting, which is the AGM celebrating our 25th Anniversary, will be held on Wednesday 19th November at 3pm in Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL.

Information about the venue can be found here

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

I look forward to seeing you there

Helen Costello
SWOP Secretary

SWOP AGM 2014 – 25th Anniversary meeting!

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