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, all events from March 2020 onwards are currently postponed.

Upcoming Events

Title Date Location Description
Changing Role of the Library Assistant 21 May 2020 - 10:30am to 3:30pm University Library, University of Birmingham Note: Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, all events from March 2020 onwards are currently postponed. This exciting and much anticipated event aims to look at how the role of the academic library assistant has changed in recent years and how it may continue to develop in line with future trends and technologies. There will be an opportunities for networking with peers and an optional tour of the Main Library. Hosted on behalf of the Mercian Staff Development Group. Click the booking link for further details, or contact Teresa Jordan (t.jordan@bham.ac.uk). Audience: This event is aimed at library assistants and frontline managers.
Decolonising Academic Libraries 16 June 2020 - 10:30am to 4:00pm University of Leicester, University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH Note: Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, all events from March 2020 onwards are currently postponed. This event will be hosted by the University of Leicester, on behalf of the Mercian Staff Development Group. More details will follow, or contact Keith Nockles (khn5@leicester.ac.uk) or Kaye Towlson (kbt@dmu.ac.uk) for more details.
What Placement Students Need to Know 17 June 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Library, Aston St, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET Note: Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, all events from March 2020 onwards are currently postponed. This event will be hosted by Aston University, on behalf of the Mercian Staff Development Group. More details will follow, or contact Clare Langman (c.langman@aston.ac.uk) for more details.
Mercian Collaboration Conference 2020 8 September 2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Teaching & Learning Building, University of Birmingham Note: Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, all events from March 2020 onwards are currently postponed. We will update with further information, as the situation becomes clearer. The fourth annual Mercian Collaboration Conference is set to take place at the University of Birmingham, 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: Opens April 2020 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