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
Virtual Networking Event: Collections, Access & Support 28 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm Online discussion event We are back once again with the first in a new series of the highly popular virtual networking participant-led discussion forums for the new academic year. As always, these sessions are designed to appeal to staff working at all levels and sections of the academic libraries, with topics for discussion largely driven by attendees' interests. The session will be loosely structured around informal discussions of interest, common concerns and shared experiences around the region, making use of the Zoom video conferencing platform to facilitate the event. An initial discussion topic (collections, access & support), based on feedback from past events, will be introduced to initiate conversations, but this by no means will remain the event's focus. Audience: All library staff The event will be co-hosted by Sarah Pittaway (Worcester, MSDG Chair) and Gareth J Johnson (Mercian Collaboration). To ensure everyone has the opportunity to speak, places on this event are limited. You can find advice on using and installing Zoom on the Collaboration's website. Note: As normal, this event is limited to staff from Mercian Collaboration member organisations. Booking details will follow soon. Or in the meantime contact the Officer for more information. --- Read more about past events here: Third Virtual Networking Event Explores Staff and Student Experiences at a Distance Well-Being, Reopening, and the Homing Instinct: A second virtual networking event Inaugural Online Networking Event a Virtual Success