Standing Committee on Official Publications – Report from meeting – 13th Sept. 17

Report from Steven Hartshorne, Secretary, SCOOP

This was Andy Zelinger’s first meeting as Chair and one of the first orders of business was the unanimous election of Fiona Laing of the National Library of Scotland (and SWOP, the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications) as Vice-Chair.

gig-leafletKaren George, the chair of the Government Information Group spoke  to the committee about the work of GIG, which represents the interests of knowledge and information management  specialists working in government departments and agencies, parliamentary and national libraries. Especially of interest were the ways in which the groups could work more closely together, particularly in the areas of training in working with Official Publications and government information. Since there are areas of mutual interest for members of GIG and SCOOP, another area of cooperation would  be the promotion of each other’s events and projects.

The committee also discussed the launch of SCOOP’s Print Still Matters questionnaire which will help SCOOP decide on the future development of the PSM project. The original project aims to give an overview of the print Official Publications collections held in libraries in the UK, however the database (and website) have not been updated since 2013. Since keeping it maintained and updated is onerous and undertaking a full and proper revision will incur costs, we devised a short survey to try and find out how much it used and to help us make an informed decision as to whether and how to continue it.

The questionnaire is available here:

The committee then went on to discuss the drafting of a further questionnaire for SCOOP members on the future development of the committee and future projects for the committee to work on, such as additions to our very well received Relegation Guides (available here:

Part of the process of consulting with its members will be a new constitution for the committee which will clearly set out its aims and objectives.




Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP)

The next SCOOP meeting is on Wednesday 15th March at 2pm at CILIP HQ in London.

The current  Chair, Andrew Coburn,  is no longer employed in a library job  so wishes to relinquish his position as Chair of SCOOP and   therefore  a replacement is needed. The Chair should be a library and information worker and it would be helpful if the person is also CILIP member. The Chair and / or the Secretary must be a member of what used to be CILIP’s Information Services Group (ISG), but what is now known as the Knowledge and Information Management Group (KIMG). As the Secretary is  a KIMG member it’s not essential for a new Chair to be so at present.

The work involves chairing the meetings (twice yearly from 2017) and assisting the Secretary in compiling the agenda, in addition to following up with any work arising from the meetings. The Chair and Secretary are invited to KIMG/ ISG meetings but need not   attended regularly so long as a written report is submitted

If anyone is interested in the role, or wants to know more and / or discuss it further, please contact Steven Hartshorne, Secretary, Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP)






This may have been blogged before however no harm in relisting. If you would like to have some additional reading or reference points on Official Publications it is worth taking a look at the SCOOP Blog. (Standing Committee on Official Publications).  SCOOP has aimed to improve the access to, and availability of, UK official public…

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Since 1971 SCOOP has aimed to improve the access to, and availability of, UK official publications; to identify problems in the provision of access to UK official publications, in particular their bibliographic control and distribution; to make proposals for possible solutions to problems in the provision of access to UK official publications…

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