Events are generally organised by the Mercian Staff Development Group, which has a remit to organise development and training events for regional library staff from member orgaisations. However, other events may be organised by other special interest groups, notably the Conference Group.  

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.


Title Date Location Description
The Online User Experience 15 November 2017 - 10:30am to 3:00pm Lanchester Library, Coventry University The event will consider what an ideal web experience might look like for students, and how library staff can improve the online customer experience. The event is aimed at all library staff with any interest in enhancing students' online library experiences. See flyer for more details, or contact Kirsty Kift
Aston: All the Same, But Different 17 November 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm Aston University Library, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK A chance to experience a guided tour of the facilities and meet with the library staff working at the intriguing and informative university Library at Aston University. Contact Angela Brady for more information.  
New Approaches to Circulation 27 November 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Staffordshire University, Flaxman Building, L410, College Road, ST4 2DE An opportunity to discuss current circulation practice including: automatic renewal, fines regimes, borrowing limits, membership groups, managing requests; with a chance to examine emerging practices. For more information contact Nicky Adams:
Getting Yourself Published 7 December 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm Seminar Room, Library, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL An opportunity to learn about publishing your research or practice, or to simply better understand formal publication process. For more information contact Yvonne Budden (
Derby: All the Same, But Different 20 March 2018 - 11:00am to 3:30pm University of Derby, Kedleston Campus, Kedleston Rd, Derby DE22 1GB A chance to experience a guided tour of the facilities and meet with the library staff working at the diverse and diverting university Library at University of Derby. Booking information available in 2018.
Student Wellbeing 19 April 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm University of Warwick This event will explore approaches to enhance and support students’ health & welfare, focusing on the feasibility and effectiveness of wellbeing programmes delivered within a Library setting, particularly as increasingly libraries are offering a 24 hour environment. There will also be an opportunity to consider the wellbeing of our own staff in this 24 hour environment and how this has been approached.   Time for everyone attending to explore and exchange approaches and share experiences will also be included. Bookings info to follow in2018.
Loughborough: All the Same, But Different 15 May 2018 - 11:00am to 3:30pm Loughborough University, Leicestershire A chance to experience a guided tour of the facilities and meet with the library staff working at the energised and engaging Pilkington Library at Loughborough University. Booking information available in 2018.