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
Social Media Platforms for Customer Engagement 10 November 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Online event   Hosted by the Mercian Staff Development Group, this event will give library staff a chance to discuss the best uses of social media and to share experiences and existing knowledge. The event will start with brief presentations from 5 universities about their experiences with social media and will then go into a discussion panel where we will be talking about the use of social media. Questions & Discussions Delegates are encouraged to reflect on what they have encountered in their current roles and take part in these discussions. If delegates have any questions they would like to pose in advance, please email Matt and he will ensure they are included on the day ( Audience: All library staff interested in social media for promotional and professional purposes
Deputies & Senior Staff Meeting (Nov '21 meeting) 10 November 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Online meeting The next meeting of the Deputies and Senior Staff Group (D&SSG) will be hosted online in early November '21. This meeting is an opportunity for all library staff working at a senior level of responsibility, below Library Director, to exchange experience on current issues and discuss matters of concern. This meeting will especially focus on evolving working practices, team working and cohesiveness alongside considering issues of future Staffing Resource Requirements Attendance is open to all current members of the group and invited guests. Multiple representatives of each member institution are warmly invited to join the D&SSG by contacting the Collaboration’s Development Officer ( Audience: Senior academic library staff Format: The meeting will be hosted on Zoom, and delegates will need to have access to a webcam and microphone to participate. Minutes & Agenda: Notes from the previous meeting are available.
Mercian Disability Forum (Nov '21 meeting) 26 November 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm Online Meeting The next meeting of the Mercian Disability Forum (MDF) will be hosted online in late November. This meeting is an opportunity for staff supporting students with disabilities make use of libraries, their resources and facilities. Attendance is open to all current members of the forum, although not all institutions are currently represented, and more delegates would be more than welcome. To join the Mercian Disability Forum, contact Group Chair, Simon Satchwell-Giles (  Audience: All staff involved in supporting disabled students. Format: The meeting will be hosted on Zoom, and delegates will need to have access to a webcam and microphone to participate. Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting are available. Agenda: The agenda will be distributed via the MDF's mailing ahead of the meeting.