Events

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.

Eligibility

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
Planning and Delivering an Online Induction Programme during Covid 29 January 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Online event Due to the pandemic, induction for new students in 2020 had a very different look to it with the entire induction programme moving online. As well as it being a different experience for students, library staff also had to develop new materials and skills sets to deliver the programme in a welcoming and engaging way. The aim was to inform the students about what the Library had to offer while ensuring that even though the event was online there was still a high level of interaction with students within the sessions. Hosted by Aston University Library, on behalf of the Mercian Staff Development Group, join Clare Langman (Information Specialist for Life & Health Sciences) and Andy Doyle (Information Specialist for the Medical School) as they take you on a journey through the 2020 induction process. This will be followed by a chance for discussion and questions. Audience: Library staff responsible for/involved with Library induction sessions. Booking: To book a place, follow the EventBrite link below Information: For more information contact: Emma Hollinshead (e.l.hollinshead@aston.ac.uk) or Clare Langman (c.langman@aston.ac.uk).
Steering Group Meeting (Feb '21) 3 February 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am The next meeting of the Mercian Collaboration’s Steering Group will be hosted online Wed 3rd Feb 2021. This meeting is an opportunity for the Chair and Steering Group members to review outcomes and guidance from the Directors Board, as well as consider reports from subgroups and tackle matters of governance and operational business. Attendance is open to elected members of the Steering Group and any invited guests. To learn more about the Steering Group and its activities, please contact the Collaboration’s Development Officer (mercianlibrariescollaboration@gmail.com). Audience: Steering Group members 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 Monday 25th January 2021 Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting are available.
Mercian Metadata Spring 2021 Meeting 10 February 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm Online event The next meeting of the Mercian Metadata Group (MMG) will be hosted online, Wed 10th February 2021. This meeting will be an opportunity for group members, and others interested in metadata and cataloguing issues, to exchange experience, along with looking forward to planning future training events later in the year. There will be an opportunity for all participants to share updates on their own activities, as well as ask questions of other attendees. To learn more about the MMG and its activities, or this event please contact the Group co-chairs Richard Birley (richard.birley@bcu.ac.uk) and William Peaden (w.peaden@aston.ac.uk). Audience: All library staff who deal with metadata curation and management (e.g. cataloguing, repositories, data management etc) Booking details to follow.
Directors Board (March '21) 25 March 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm 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. The meeting will also consider reports from its officer and subgroups, alongside tackling matters of governance and policy. This meeting will also see the handover to the incoming Chair and new Steering Group ('21-23). 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 (mercianlibrariescollaboration@gmail.com). 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 Monday 15th March 2021 Minutes: The minutes of the previous meetings are available.