Past events

2018 AGM

The AGM was held in the rather refined Geddes Room in Riddles Court, Edinburgh. An incredible turnout of members enjoyed a brief business meeting, but not as much as they enjoyed teas and shortbread and their chance to ask a rare books conservator some questions which were ably answered with the help of a "show & tell" element.


2018 SLLG SWOP networking

SLLG hosted a joint event with SWOP. Following our own popular 'Speed' event format, members of both groups mixed and left with useful contacts as well as lots of new things to think about in our law and government information sectors.


2017 Winter Warmer social

SLLG members were once again glad to get in from the chill and into the cosy surroundings of Avizandum Bookshop in early December. A great turnout of members enjoyed wine, seasonal treats and some fabulous home baking.


2017 SSNaPs: Careers

Some of our members gathered round to swap career advice and some top employment tips. The evening was full of fun anecdotes as well as enlightening experiences. Members left feeling much more employable.


2017 National Moving Image Archive

SLLG members had a day trip to Glasgow for a guided tour of the National Moving Image Archive. With lots to see at the archive the reluctance to leave was eased with a table booked at Mother India for a meal afterwards.


2017 SSNaPs: Current Awareness

Lorna hosted an introductory evening for good current awareness practice. Current Awareness is an increasing specialised provision demanded by law firms of their traditional information service. Lorna was able to impart some of her experience but there was plenty of shared learning from everyone attending.


2017 AGM

The group 2017 AGM was held in the splendid clubrooms of the SSC library in Edinburgh. Business was discussed by a good turnout of the membership and many chose to stay on in the comfortable surroundings for refreshments.


2017 SSNaPs: Scottish Legal Information Centre

The Scottish Legal Information Centre hosted members to give a presentation on their day-to-day work. Throughout the 45 minute presentation, SLLG members were extremely impressed at the detailed know-how and level of research undertaken daily by the centre’s professional information and library staff.


2017 SSNaPs: Book Moves

Alison chaired a roundtable discussion on something all librarians have to do from time to time: moving books! Sharing tips for small and large scale moves let everyone involved leave with new ideas on how to do something that project managers can take for granted.


2016 Winter Social evening

Avizandum Law Bookshop were the perfect hosts for our group social in the first week of December. Mulled wine and home-baking were welcome winter flavours for our members during an evening of informal networking. 


2016 SSNaPs: Serials management

Sharron Wilson hosted the SLLG inaugural meeting of our Short Skills, Networking and Presentation series in late October. Sharron took an interest group through serials management over a lunch hour at her desk. All in attendance hailed the new format a success and everyone left with valuable information and contacts for future advice.


2016 Court of the Lord Lyon visit

Members didn't need coats for their arms when they attended a visit to the Court of the Lord Lyon on a hot August evening. The Court of the Lord Lyon is an ancient Scottish institution which is the heraldic authority and keeper of the Registers of Coats of Arms and Genealogies. This entertaining visit to a lesser known place of information was followed up with a chance to socialise over dinner at a nearby restaurant.



An excellently attended AGM was this year held in a sunny Edinburgh. Members were invited for their input into group business before a talk on the workings of the UK parliament by the UK Parliament Outreach Officer in Scotland. Those in attendance all agreed that the venue and SLLG secretary home-bakes helped make this an enjoyable afternoon in May.


2016 A Play, A Pie, A Pint

A few members experienced the thrill of live theatre on an April lunch hour. The event was part of an early afternoon series running at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, called "A Play, A Pie, A Pint". Reports were that the play (a scots law related production) and pies were so good that none were thrown at the actors!


2016 Speed Networking event

The Speed Networking held on the 3rd of February (the SLLG's founding date, history lovers!) was well attended. The topics which were fired quickly into the discussions reflected the changes to the law information profession in recent times. Members agreed that this was one of the best speed networking events as a result. Of course the excellent trays of snacks and selection of wine and juices after the formalities naturally only provided the icing on the day!


2015 Winter Social evening

It was great to see so many SLLG members brave the awful weather for our social evening in December. What was quickly dubbed the "Mince Pie and Mulled Member" evening was hosted by Avizandum. The bookshop certainly put our members in the festive mood with it's decorations, Christmas tunes and gold chocolate coins! Cracker hatted members were seen enjoying wine, mine pies and biscuits well into the night. Long enough, indeed, to see the first snow fall of December!


2015 Botanic Garden Library visit

In August, SLLG members were treated to an informative talk about the history and work of the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. A most interesting tour of the library was given by the Garden's enthusiastic librarian and the group was shown the library's greatest treasures from their collections of rare and special materials. Leaving the books and sumptuous illustrations behind was difficult but made easier with an after visit meal booked at a local restaurant. 



The Group AGM was well attended in April at the buildings of the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. After the group's business was concluded, a member of the Scottish Law Commission gave a talk and answered questions about the law reform work of the Commission.


2015 Business Information: sources and search techniques

Group members enjoyed a practical course in March run by eminent information expert, Karen Blakeman. Focussing on professional search strategies, tips and highlighting the issues involved in collating business information, Karen included all the latest legal developments in the field. The workshop element allowed attendees to try out the new knowledge too.

Those attending the course all agreed it was a highly relevant and informative day.


2015 Speed Networking event

Members of the SLLG got together on a late wintery January afternoon to discuss several subjects where the next topic is always just a few minutes away! This free, fun and fast event is always a highlight to start the year off with.

The topics were wide ranging (from e-book preservation to getting the most user surveys) and the conversation continued into the evening over refreshments. The attendees all agreed it was a most enjoyable event and people are already wanting the summer over so they can start getting excited for the 2016 Speed Networking!


2014 Avizandum and SLLG Autumn Social

Wine, cheese and good conversation warmed the SLLG members on a cold November evening at Avizandum Law Bookshop. A good attendance is always expected at this regular social event and those who braved the chill outside enjoyed an excellent evening. Many thanks to the team at Avizandum for hosting.


2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival and dinner

The SLLG outing to the EIBF talk, What the future might hold for libraries, took place on a very rainy Thursday in August, indeed the speakers had to work to be heard over the sounds of rain hitting canvas!  Despite the rain, the attendees enjoyed an interesting photographic history of libraries across the world followed by dinner at La Tasca on South Charlotte Street.

2014 AGM and talk

The Scottish Law Librarians Group AGM was held on Thursday 22nd May in the Royal Faculty of Procurators ( and included a very interesting and informative talk by Gilly Grant of Greens on the History and Future of Legal Publishing in Scotland. 


2014 Speed Networking event

Members of the SLLG got together in January to discuss several "hot topics", allotting just 7 minutes per discussion. This free, fun and fast event is always a highlight to start the year off with.

After the heated debate on subjects such as ways to improve value for legal information services and should the word 'Librarian' be considered too archaic to be a useful job title in law firms, the event moved onto some more informal chatter over cool glasses of wine and, for some, continued later still during a meal at a nearby eatery.


2013 The Royal Observatory Library Visit

The SLLG Committee arranged an evening visit to the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, on a cold Thursday in late November. The visit was free to SLLG members.
The large turnout of members enjoyed a star-studded evening learning about the universe, handling meteorites and seeing some rare books.


2013 Cheese and Wine evening

The annual SLLG member's Cheese and Wine evening was held on a late October night. The committee was joined by good turnout of members for an evening of drinks, nibbles and informal networking. Elizabeth and the team at Avizandum kindly offered their shop as a venue for the group once again.


2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival and dinner

This year the skies were clear when the group attended an EIFB talk on the future of publishing. An enlightening discussion by local publishers in the tent was followed up by lively talk over dinner after.


2013 Avizandum 'Spring into Summer' Social

A beautiful late May evening saw members in Avizandum Law Bookshop to enjoy a chilled glass of wine or fruit juice and catch up on each others' news.


2013 European Union Information Course

In February the SLLG Committee ran a one day training course on EU Information with Ian Thomson, a European information specialist who has worked in European affairs for thirty three years.

This was an intensive one day course that introduced participants you to the European Union - its institutions, legislative acts and how policy is made - and provided information on how to find out about its activities. There was also an examination of the ways that the UK and its devolved administrations help shape, transpose and implement EU law.