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
Conference Group Meeting (June '21) 22 June 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Online meeting The next meeting of the Conference Group (CG) will be hosted online 9am Tue 22nd June. This meeting will look to progress plans to host the 2021 conference, following March's planning meeting, and will be especially focussed on reviewing the submissions for proposed conference sessions and approaches from sponsoring organisations. For more information on the activities of the Conference Group contact the incoming group chair, Damian Pugh ( Audience: Attendance is open to all current members of the committee. Format: The meeting will be hosted on online, 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 shared via email ahead of the meeting.
Steering Group Meeting (July '21) 21 July 2021 - 2:00pm Online meeting The next meeting of the Mercian Collaboration’s Steering Group will be hosted online Wed 21st July 2021. Chairs, or designated alternates, from all subgroups will be also be invited to attend this meeting to update the Collaboration's Chair and Officers on progress and plans for the foreseeable future. As always, this meeting will be an opportunity for Steering Group members to review activities across the Collaboration, along with developing policy matters. Attendance is open to elected members of the Steering Group and invited subgroup representatives. To learn more about the Steering Group and its activities, please contact the Collaboration’s Development Officer ( Audience: Steering Group members and invited representatives only Format: The meeting will be hosted on Zoom, and delegates will need to have access to a webcam and microphone to participate. Agenda: The agenda for this meeting is available online. Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting are available.
Mercian Collaboration Conference 2021 9 September 2021 - 9:00am to 10 September 2021 - 1:15pm Online event The theme for this year's conference has been announced: Adaptation and Growth in Times of Adversity (Sept 9-10th, two half-day events) Microsite: The conference microsite is now live, and will be updated during the run up and following the conference dates. Speakers: The call for speakers is now live. Find out how you can become a speaker at this year's event. Sponsors: A call for sponsors will appear here in May. Keynote: We will anounce the keynote speaker in the coming months. Delegates: Bookings will open to delegates from mid-summer (July/August). As in previous years, there will be no charge to attend the Collaboration's conference, which will be held online via the MS Teams Live platform. Follow the Collaboration on Twitter for the latest updates on #Mercian21, or contact any member of the Conference Group.