Conference Speaker Briefing (2)

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 15:00

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This year’s conference, Redefining Engagement, will be hosted online in early September 2022. An open call for speakers was recently launched and will close in June (Mon 13th). As in previous years the conference team are especially keen to attract session proposals from those with limited or no prior experience of speaking at events to share their experiences.

Hence, for the first time we are providing two sessions each of which will explore in more detail the practical steps which go into creating a session proposal. Alongside this they will seek to offer advice and tips on how to be a better or more effective first-time speaker.

With a focus primarily on the Mercian Collaboration conference, during these short informal, relaxed and informative sessions Conference Group members will unpack the event theme alongside suggesting ways to relate it back to your own library experiences. The briefing sessions will also examine the key elements to include in drafting an attractive, effective and exciting conference session proposal, and provide insights into the reviewing process. Plus, the presenters will offer suggestions on how to collaborate with local and regional colleagues to offer a more diverse proposal.

Throughout, attendees will also be encouraged to ask questions, share ideas or raise any concerns they might have in becoming a speaker at the Collaboration’s Conference.


This page is to book to attend Briefing Event 2 (19th May). Please click here for Briefing Event 1 (10th May) instead.


Audience: All library staff with an interest in possibly becoming a conference speakers, especially those with more limited experience of or confidence in presenting at events. Note: delegates need only attend one of the briefing events, as the content will be repeated.

Format: Session will comprise a mix of short talks, discussion with some interactive elements. Alongside this materials and notes from the events will also be made available to delegates afterwards.

Hosts: The event will be chaired by Collaboration’s Executive Officer (Gaz J Johnson), who will be joined by members of the Conference Planning team; Chris Bradford (Warwick) and Andrea Kellett (Birmingham).

Recording & Materials: All sessions will be recorded and shared on the Collaboration’s site.

More Information: For more information on these events, contact Gareth J Johnson (

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