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Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP)

The aims of SCOOP

SCOOP aims 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; to provide a mechanism for the exchange of views on matters of common interest to the library and information community concerning UK official publications; for the constructive discussion of services provided for the library and information community; to take the necessary steps to keep the library and information profession informed of their deliberations.

The Work of SCOOP

The work of SCOOP to achieve its aims is carried out in a variety of ways, particularly through correspondence and discussions between the officers and those responsible for the production, listing and dissemination of official publications. Several directories have been published, include the online database of Official Publications in print, Print Still Matters. The Committee maintains an Official Publications blog and occasionally organises training and awareness raising events for the official publications and government information community.

SCOOP may make representations to officials responsible for issue of print and electronic publications, discussions are held on the format and occasionally on the content of official publications.

Discussions with HMSO (and its legacy bodies) since the inception of the Standing Committee in 1971 have resulted in many changes and considerably enhanced services for librarians. SCOOP was very much involved in the 1996 part privatisation of HMSO. Regular contact is maintained with the various publishers of Official Publications who regularly consult with the Standing Committee on changes and developments and, through SCOOP, seek the views of the Library and Information community.

SCOOP also works closely with its sister organisation SWOP (the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications) and with other CILIP special interest groups.

Membership of SCOOP

SCOOP membership is open to nominees from:

- CILIP Special Interest Groups
- National and Legal Deposit libraries
- Other LIS bodies who ask to join.

Insofar as formal voting may be required these representatives will be entitled to vote.

- People working for LIS organisations/ involvement in official publishing and the use of official publications, including digital publications and who ask to join may do so but without voting rights (unless elected as Secretary of Chair of SCOOP.)
- Representatives of non-LIS bodies involved in official publishing.
- Publishers specialising in official publications may participate in SCOOP meetings and activities on request.

SCOOP Relegation Guides

See here for advice for libraries and organisations needing to reduce their official publications holdings.

For more information about the activities of SCOOP contact Andy Zelinger (Chair) or Steven Hartshorne

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