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 (Remote Support & Post-Lockdown) 29 July 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm Online, Zoom platform This is the third in the highly popular series of virtual networking events, set up to allow library staff across the Collaboration to meet with colleagues from across the region and share their experiences. The event structured around informal discussions of issues of current interest, concern and debate among library staff within the region. It will once again use the Zoom video conferencing platform to allow attendees to speak to one another face-to-face. Attendees will be encouraged to shape discussions and topics themselves, two broad areas of discussion will be tackled at this event to initiate discussions: Achieving effective remote support for learners, staff and team members Practicalities, expectations, & well-being in the post-lockdown libraries Audience: All library staff The event be hosted by Laura Waller (MDF Chair, Warwick) and Gareth J Johnson (Mercian Collaboration). To ensure everyone has the opportunity to speak, spaces on this event are limited to 20. You can find advice on using and installing Zoom on the Collaboration's website. Note: This event is limited to staff from Mercian Collaboration member organisations. Login in details will be available on the EventBrite site from 9am Mon 27th July, or by emailing on the day of the event.
Shelf Ready & EDI eForum 19 August 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm This is an online event brought to you by the Mercian Metadata Group. It will take the form of an online eForum, using chat functionality. Following discussions and suggestions at earlier events, the theme this time will be Shelf Ready Materials/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). As with the previous Legacy Data event, the forum will adopt a structured/guided conversation approach and be hosted by the MMG Chairs. Issues covered are expected to include: licences, source of records, record quality, management of records (e.g. use of normalisation rules) etc., However, delegates are encouraged to propose their own additional topics to the event hosts ahead of time. Audience: All staff with interests in data creation, cataloguing and good metadata practices Technical Requirements: Internet access and a web browser. Booking: No need to book, just follow the location link. Information: For more details contact either Richard Birley ( or Will Peadon ( You can find out more about the Mercian Metadata Group on their pages.
Mercian Collaboration Conference 2020 8 September 2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Online Event With regrets this event is now cancelled. For more information, please see the recent news item. Due to the pandemic and lockdown in the UK, the fourth annual Mercian Collaboration Conference is now set to take place online, 8th September 2020. As in previous years the conference will aim to showcase developments, projects, experience and insights from library staff throughout the membership. While the keynote speaker is currently to be confirmed, preparations are already well advanced towards hosting this event. Make sure you've got it in your diary, and don't forget to check back frequently for updates and announcement. Theme: Dissolving Barriers: Inclusivity and Diversity within Academic Library Practice Sponsorship opportunities: Now Open Call for papers: Closed Programme: Available Summer 2020 Delegate registration: Opens Summer 2020. The conference microsite is now available and will keep track of all the information you'll want to see about the event. Alternatively, contact any member of the Conference Group for more information.  Follow the developments and chatter about the conference via twitter at: #Mercian20