The Standing Committee On Official Publications (SCOOP) is canvassing its members (and non-members) to find out what they think of its current activities and what they would like to see us do in the future.
We would like to hear your views on SCOOP and get feedback on what we can do for (and with) our members so we have put together a short survey here.
We will be grateful if as many people as possible can complete it: if you have colleagues who you think might be interested in taking part in the survey, please send the link on to them.
Thanks in advance.
Secretary of SCOOP
Following up from this post last year, the online archive of the Northern Ireland Official Publications Collection at Queen’s University was officially launched last week. Thanks to Norma Menabney of the NIOP Team for the following overview of this excellent resource:
“The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has historically played an important role in collecting Northern Ireland official publications and making them available to the research community and the wider public.
Print publications have been collected for many years under National Archives and earlier HMSO guidance that the Library should be treated as an official deposit library for Northern Ireland official publications. Since the formal cessation of print publication and move to electronic format (and in particular for the period of September 2015 onwards) the Library has focused on the creation of a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications. The main focus of the work is to sustain the official publications collections for future generations.
The NIOPA team harvests documents from all Northern Ireland government official websites, adding monographs and serials to the archive for long term preservation using DSpace open source software. Associated document descriptions also enhance the ability of researchers to find the publications from a single source. With the full text search facility it is now possible to discover document content from the initial search query. As a result we are achieving a high search ranking within search engines such as Google. Our statistics and user feedback also tells us that content is being viewed internationally. Collection development guidelines for the archive have been agreed with the British Library and records and documents are supplied to the British Library to support its commitment to preserve digital works under the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013.
Queen’s University’s status as an official deposit library for Northern Ireland official publications has enabled the Library to collect a wide range of Northern Ireland departmental publications in print and also includes a complete set of Parliamentary Papers for the Northern Ireland Parliament, along with Northern Ireland Assembly Papers for both the 1983-86 Assembly and the current Northern Ireland Assembly (1999 onwards).
The wider collection of the Library’s Official Publications includes an almost complete set of printed UK Parliamentary Papers from 1801 onwards along with selected copies of British and Irish departmental and agency publications along with more limited print collections of Council of Europe, Canadian, European Union, OECD and UN publications. The official publications collection in print consists of approximately 700 bays of print publications.
The Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive, (NIOPA) is available at http://niopa.qub.ac.uk/
Secretary of SCOOP
FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.
Four interesting, free to access, online courses are available from the UK Parliament. You can sign up for email alerts to be alerted to course availability.
Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public Participation. Date to be announced
UK Parliament Explored: Petitions. Date to be announced
UK Parliament Explored: the Work and Role of Select Committee. Available now
and Royal Holloway, University of London working with UK Parliament have produced:
Beyond the Ballot: Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today. Available now
Hannah Chandler, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
The UK Web Archive has a new user interface! Please try it and give us your feedback by completing the short survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ukwasurvey01 . There are several new features:
- For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive’” and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ from the same search box. The Open UK Web Archive was started in 2005 and comprises approximately 15,000 websites that can be viewed anywhere. The Legal Deposit Web Archive was started in 2013 and comprises millions of websites but these can only be viewed in the Reading Rooms of UK Legal Deposit Libraries.
- We have improved the search and have included faceting so that it’s easier to find what you are looking for
- A simple, clean design that (hopefully) allows the content to be the focus
- Easily browsable ‘Special Collections’ (curated groups of websites on a theme, topic or event, including Brexit, the EU Referendum and the 2015 and 2017 General Elections)
Jennie Grimshaw, British Library
On 8 November at a ceremony in London, Valerie Nurcombe received the Walford Award from CILIP’s Knowledge and Information Management Group (formerly ISG). The K&IM Walford Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the information world. Former Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP) Alastair Allan writes:
Valerie was SCOOP Secretary (under the name of Valerie Bradfield) from its formation in 1971. In its early years Valerie took on both the roles of Treasurer and Secretary and stand-in Chair for Bridget Howard. When I took over as Chair she shed the job of Treasurer to the ISG. She continued as Secretary until the later 1990s. During that time she organised a series of mightily successful seminars. For one of them in Red Lion square we had over 300 attendees. For another three we had over 200. She also edited a series of books and conference papers derived from these seminars which were very well received, for example, ‘Whitehall and Westminster, proceedings of a one day seminar on British and European official publishing‘, 1988.
Valerie is an expert in the field of Official Publications and an experienced librarian who has significant talent and many of us do owe her a great deal.
Andrew Coburn (who succeeded Alastair as Chair) adds ‘Valerie was always willing to offer her assistance and advice even after she had stepped down from her formal positions on SCOOP. She was full of ideas and suggestions which enabled us to continue the Committee as an active player in the field.’
Once again, the House of Commons Library will be holding an open day to enable librarians and information officers to visit and hear about the professional service provided by the Library to MPs and their staff.
This full-day event on Tuesday 13 February 2018 includes talks and presentations by Library staff, a short tour of Parliament and a very rare opportunity to see the Members’ Library.
The cost of the open day will be £35 and will include refreshments and lunch.
To register interest, please complete the application form linked from the Parliament website, where more information can be found, and submit it by 17 November 2017.
The UCL Institute of Education is home to an extensive print collection of Official Publications, beginning with the origins of state education in the United Kingdom in the 19th century to the present day. The breadth of the collection brings together key legislation, reports produced by select committees and government departments, circulars and memoranda. It also includes documents published by quasi-governmental bodies such as Ofsted, the Schools Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, as well as local authorities, political parties and trade unions.
The Parliamentary Archives have launched this new site developed in conjunction with Mirror Web at http://webarchive.parliament.uk/ to provide access to historic information from the UK Parliament published on the web. It includes downloads of web sites and social media gathered from 2009 to the present. You can browse archived tweets from the accounts of Parliamentary bodies, watch YouTube videos released by Parliament, see a visual history on Flickr and look back through Instagram posts. In the Instagram archive you can meet Denison the Harris hawk, listen to a gay couple explaining the difference the Sexual Offences Act made to their lives, and find out how to order afternoon tea on the terrace.
The main collection of archived websites includes Lords and MPs’ biographies, deposited papers, research briefings, Early Day Motions, Bills before Parliament and much more. You can filter the list by department and there is a timeline for each site showing when it was archived.
The site comes with a keyword search capability and you can filter results by year and file type. A search on “football” returns 185,465 hits which can be reduced to 725 if you filter by file type pdf and year 2016.
The Parliamentary Archives are looking for user feedback and you will be invited to complete a simple two-question survey.
Jennie Grimshaw, Service and Content Lead for Government and Official Information, British Library
Here is your chance to give the UK Parliament feedback on a new search interface available on a beta test site. More information is available on the Parliamentary Digital Service Blog about the new developments. The beta version will run alongside the original search page for several months eventually replacing it.
At the time of writing this post a single search box is available to enter text. The search returns cannot be ordered in any way and you are not given any other options to filter the number of searches returned. The site will continue to make improvements over the next few months, I am sure the UK Parliament team would find feedback valuable.
Hannah Chandler, Bodleian Libraries