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