Events are generally organised by the Mercian's Special Interest Subgroups, with the Staff Development Group having a particular remit to deliver an annual programme of development events for member library’s staff.

Event Suggestions

We always welcome suggestions for themes or topics for future events. If you’ve got an idea or request for a particular theme or event you’d like to see, please contact us and tell us your thoughts.


Events are normally only open to attendance by library staff coming from Mercian member organisations. Where attendance for staff from outside the Collaboration is available, it will be highlighted in the event description.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, physical events from March 2020 onwards are currently postponed.

Upcoming Events

Title Date Location Description
Staff Development Group (October '21 Meeting) 1 October 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Online meeting The autumn meeting of the Mercian Staff Development Group (MSDG) will be hosted online Friday 1st March 2021, 10.30am. This meeting will be a chance for member representatives to help finalise the 20/21 events programme, catch up on planning activities and especially look at the relaunch of the Buddy Scheme. Audience: Staff Development Group member representatives Format: The meeting will be hosted online, and attendees will need to have access to a webcam and microphone to participate. Agenda/Minutes: An agenda and past minutes are available. For more information contact group chair Sarah Pittaway ( or Admin Officer Teresa Jordan (  
Directors Board (Oct '21) 4 October 2021 - 2:00pm to 5 October 2021 - 4:00pm Online meeting The next meeting of the Mercian Collaboration’s Directors Board will be hosted online Thu 25th March 2021. This meeting is an opportunity for the Director representatives of each member organisation to exchange experience and updates, as well as input into the overall direction and operation of the Collaboration. As well as progressing governance and other regular items, this meeting will include an invited speaker from RLUK leading a debate on leadership in academic libraries. Attendance is open to member Director representatives, or their nominated surrogates, and any invited guests. To learn more about the Directors Board and its activities, please contact the Collaboration’s Development Officer ( Audience: Member Directors and invited guests only Format: The meeting will be hosted on Zoom, and delegates will need to have access to a webcam and microphone to participate. Agenda: Items or papers for the agenda should be sent to the Officer at the address above, no later than Wed 29th September 2021 Minutes: Agenda & minutes of previous meetings are available.
Knowledge Exchange: Key Performance Indicators 19 October 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Online event This discussion event, hosted by the Mercian Staff Development Group will be framed by Fiora Liburd (Library Data Officer, BCU) talking about the importance of data and the presentation of data to allow colleagues to make informed decisions. Then each attendee will give a brief description (not presentation) of the data/indicators they collect and how is used within their own libraries. This will then be followed by a general discussion around the topics and information shared. As this is a participatory discussion event, attendees are strongly advised to consider questions to raise, information to share or discussion areas to address ahead of the event. Note: Timing and duration for this remains to be confirmed. Further details will follow. Audience: All library staff involved or interested in performance indicators Booking: Opens late September 2021
Social Media Platforms for Customer Engagement 10 November 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Online event This event will focus on the use of various social media platforms, especially Instagram, and consider how they can be used to engage with customers.  Note: Timing and duration for this remains to be confirmed. Further details will follow. Audience: All library staff interested in social media for promotional and professional purposes Booking: Will open in late October