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.

Upcoming Events

Title Date Location Description
What do Year 3 students need to know? 27 March 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Aston University Library, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET How can you ensure effective, progressive skills development? How should third year students be supported in their information literacy and study skills? If you want to start afresh with your thinking, then this workshop is for you! You will get to hear about different approaches by librarians, learning development staff and students to help kick start your thinking Audience: This event is aimed at subject/liaison, learning development and user experience teams. For full details see the booking page, attached flyer, or for more information contact Clare Langman (
All the Same, But Different: Northampton 15 May 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton NN1 5PH A wonderful opportunity to visit the new highly innovative 'flipped learning campus' at the Waterside, University of Northampton. This event will involve a full campus tour of our 3 buildings (yes there are only 3!!), backstage access to all library related stuff along with lunch. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear more about the Active Blended Learning model, the move process and the learning commons ethos embraced at Northampton. > Due to the expected levels of interest - there are NO LIMITS in delegate numbers from Mercian Collaboration member organisations < Audience: All library and information staff For more details contact Heather McBryde-Wilding ( Booking details to follow.
The Learner Journey 22 May 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Derby An event looking at learners' journeys. Booking and details to follow. For more information contact: Kay Jeffries (
Mercian Collaboration Conference 2019 10 September 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm University of Nottingham This year’s annual Mercian Collaboration Conference will take place at the University of Nottingham, 10th September 2019. Details to follow as below. Sponsorship opportunities: Open spring 2019 Theme announcement: Opens spring 2019 Call for papers: Opens spring 2019 Delegate registration: Opens summer 2019 Conference microsite: Now available Contact the Conference Group for more information. #Mercian19