SWOP in sunny Dundee

A short report on yesterday’s meeting from Morag Ferguson of the Advocates Library

I attended the SWOP meeting on 1st March 2017 which was held at the University of Dundee Library and Learning Centre.

This started with a fascinating talk provided by Lesley Riddoch on what Scotland can learn from its Nordic neighbours and how it might find ways to thrive after Brexit by examining the experiences of countries such as Norway and Iceland (amongst others) and their relationship with the European Union. Lesley has written a book with Eberhard Bord due to be published in April 2017 entitled Mcsmorgasbord on this topic. It was refreshing to hear something positive for a change coming from the fallout from Brexit.

main_library2Scott McGregor, our host then provided SWOP members with a short presentation on how the University of Dundee library staff have been trying to engage more with the students and encourage use of the Library and Learning Centre. They currently offer a service ‘Ask the library’ – live chat – on their library webpages which has proved so popular that they are currently looking at offering a 24 hour service. During our tour  I was particularly struck by the absence of books (all the students were working online) except in the Law Library where I was reassured by the sight of bound volumes of the Scots Law Times and Acts of the Scottish Parliament.

After our business meeting which Fiona, our Chair, took us through with remarkable speed, we were able to head home and say goodbye to Dundee one of the sunniest cities in the UK (and it did not disappoint yesterday…).

We were extremely grateful to Scott McGregor and his colleagues who were splendid hosts and enabled SWOP members to enjoy an informative afternoon with plenty of opportunities to meet other librarians, make new contacts and share ideas.

Morag Ferguson
Reader Services
Advocates Library

Business Committee Member – Sharron Wilson


I  am a Serials Librarian proud of my unique role within the historic and traditional Advocates Library. Unique as I am responsible for a serials collection comprising of stock acquired via print legal deposit and purchased subscriptions. Traditional as our collection is largely print based and we bind most journals to keep infinitum. My technical speciality is print and online subscription management for journals, loose leaf updates, databases and legislative materials. Official publications form a very small but vitally important part of my day to day work.

 I initially joined SWOP as a representative of the Advocates Library seeking to develop and learn more about Official Publications. I joined the Business Committee in 2012 and enjoy working at the heart of the group.  The work of the committee is very wide and varied – a great opportunity to meet new people and be involved in exciting projects.  I believe SWOP is a vital resource providing access to a network of individuals from the field of Official Publications, each with their own area of expertise.