New logo – new look

I’ve been working on a new look for the SWOP Forum site (and experimenting with polling)

SWOP Forum

The Business Committee has decided, for a number of reasons, to change the SWOP logo to something simpler and cleaner. Due to the relative starkness of the new logo I felt it necessary to change the theme of this website at the same time.

The theme I originally chose was called, aptly enough, ‘Plane’:

SWOP - Plane theme blog theme – Plane

At Wednesday’s meeting I received some useful feedback on this theme. The two main points were: the banner is far too large (which is true – the screen is really just made of banner); and the menu bar is almost unnoticeable up at the top of the screen. Following this I’ve been investigating new themes today. I tried out a few before settling on this one. It’s called Sequential:

SWOP - Sequential theme blog theme – Sequential

I really like this. It’s clean and unfussy, elegant and professional. It echoes the simplicity of the new logo but has a…

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A Very Fine Library is now on Tumblr…

… if you’re into that sort of thing…

I’m liking the vintage paperback stylee I chose for the page. And there are certainly many pretty pics to look at over there.

Does anyone else use Tumblr regularly? What are your thoughts on the platform?

Storify at #swop25th

…and now I’ve gone and done one for the SWOP 25th anniversary AGM as well!

Storifying #elisaForum 2014

I wanted to try Storify for a while but never had the opportunity. – it seems odd (in a bad way) to just Storify your own life.

ELISA’s Open Forum 2014 offered the perfect opportunity to give it a go, especially since we were encouraging folk to live tweet the event. Twitter is such a transitory medium, tweets are so quickly washed away by the twitter-tide. Storify helps solidify and store this digital ephemera.

I posted my first draft on #elisaForum day itself but I’ve just done a bit of editing and re-ordering and I’ve added some newer content to beef it up a little.

I’m not totally blown away by the Storify concept (or the site’s functionality) but for the purposes of documenting events like this one, it does the job:

elisa-open-forum-2014 – Storify

Celebrating #RLSDay with James Robertson, @AndrewOHagan …and @VeryFineLibrary !

…So, remember that video I mentioned?…

 

Thanks again to  for inviting me to contribute. It was much fun.

Happy  !

New ELISA website

I launched the new, updated and re-vamped ELISA website the other day. The new logo was agreed, slightly edited, and uploaded. The structure has been altered, the content checked and up-dated and a big old invitation email has been sent out encouraging folk to sign up. Now comes the hard part – getting folk to post – and other folk to read those posts. Building a blog is easy. Keeping it alive is tough.

I’ve already posted a before picture of ELISA’s site. Here’s what it looks like now:

elisa new site

I’m pretty pleased with this one. I love the colours! Fingers crossed the intended audience will like it too!

At least my ‘clients’ are happy with the work. I’ve had some nice feedback already. And this seems like a fairly active group. I’m hopeful (as always) that they will engage with the site.

Something new – although I’m the chief admin, I actually have some volunteer help this time. Nice as this is, it’s been a challenge to my blog-territoriality – and my techno-control freakery – to share one of my babies with someone else. Luckily, I can ease into it since my helpers are new to the ways of the blog. They are happy for me to be the boss of them… so far. We’ll see how it goes once I’ve got them trained up and brimming with confidence and ideas…   🙂

It’s Official! – re-postings from @natlibscot Official Publications Unit blog

Cold War intelligence 
Posted: 07 Oct 2014 02:14 AM PDT
Now available through the National Library of Scotland. A full-text collection of 2,360 formerly classified U.S. government documents (most of them classified Top Secret or higher) which provides readers with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in its efforts to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Details on how to access this resource can be found on the NLS Website

The Smith Commission 
Posted: 09 Oct 2014 01:57 AM PDT 
You have an opportunity to have your say and respond to the Commission directly via their website from the 13th October 2014. The terms of reference for the Commission are: To convene cross-party talks and facilitate an inclusive engagement process across Scotland to produce, by 30 November 2014, Heads of Agreement with recommendations for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament. This process will be informed by a Command Paper, to be published by 31 October and will result in the publication of draft clauses by 25 January. The recommendations will deliver more financial, welfare and taxation powers, strengthening the Scottish Parliament within the United Kingdom.

 

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