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.


Title Date Location Description
Inclusion - Back to Basics! 26 June 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm University of Nottingham How do we enable participation for all library users, with a focus upon assistive technology and e-resources? Event details and booking information coming soon - presented by the Mercian Disability Forum.
All the Same, But Different: Birmingham City University 11 July 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm Room C510, Curzon Building, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, B4 7BD An exciting opportunity to visit Birmingham City University's Curzon Library and hear from library and learning resources staff about their roles, how they use social media, operate our online chat services and explore their social learning area. Suitable for all library staff. For further enquiries contact Janet Fox ( or Huizhe Jin Huizhe ( 
Mercian Collaboration Conference 2018 11 September 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm University of Birmingham The Mercian Collaboration Conference 2018 "New for You" will take place at the University of Birmingham, Tuesday 11th September 2018. Change and innovation are activities which have become commonplace within every institution and library service, yet how library staff manage, deal with and deliver on such activities always varies. Because each of our working cultures, available resources or strategic directions differ, our resolutions to similar challenges contrast in exciting, vibrant and insightful ways. Hence, this year we invite any library staff from Mercian Collaboration member libraries who have instigated any change or innovation, big or small, within their services, to come and share their experiences with regional colleagues. A call for workshops, papers and talks has been announced! (Apr 2018). Information for potential sponsorship opportunities is available (Mar 2018). Booking for delegates launched in the early summer, with further details appearing here, and on the Conference micro-site.