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.


Physically hosted events are normally only open to attendance by library staff coming from Collaboration member organisations. Exceptions to this rule are made at the hosting venue’s Library Director’s (or equivalent) discretion or on application to the Steering Group in their absence. 

While online events are also primarily hosted for and marketing to library staff from Collaboration member organisations, academic library staff from institutions outside of the region may be admitted at the event organiser’s discretion.

Attendees from commercial organisations are not normally eligible to attend Collaboration events, unless specifically invited as speakers by the host or as the result of conference sponsorship arrangements.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, most events continue to be online only, unless otherwise noted.

Code of Conduct

All attendees should conduct themselves as they would in a professional, workplace environment. Session hosts are empowered to mute or remove any participants breaching these expectations during the event. Please see our Online Events Etiquette guidance for more details.

Upcoming Events

Title Date Location Description
Collaboration Conference 2022 6 September 2022 - 12:00pm to 7 September 2022 - 4:30pm Online event The 2022 Mercian Collaboration Conference Redefining Engagement will be held online, over the afternoons of 6-7th September 2022. For all news, updates and information on the conference, please visit our Mercian Collaboration Conference 2022 microsite. --- First time or novice speaker? Attend one of our speaker briefing events on Tue 10th May or Thu 19th May (May 2022) Discover how to become a speaker at this year's conference (Apr 2022) Find out more about how to sponsor this year's conference (Mar 2022) Read more about this year's conference theme (Mar 2022) --- More details on the event will be added over the summer as we launch the programme and open bookings for delegates. Alternatively see News Updates or the Conference Group pages for more details and updates on calls for papers, speakers, sponsors and booking information. Or contact or the Executive Officer for assistance.