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.

Upcoming Events

Title Date Location Description
Supporting Your Users Undertaking Systematic Reviews 4 March 2020 - 10:30am to 4:30pm Frederick Lanchester Building, Coventry University, Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DD This will be an opportunity to learn more about systematic literature reviews and to share and discuss experiences. The session will discuss what is a systematic review? The role of the library in supporting systematic literature reviews, developing robust search strategies and documenting the search process. There will be hands on opportunities to develop more advanced search strategies. We will also consider some of the associated software packages. This event will be hosted at Coventry University, on behalf of the Mercian Staff Development Group. More details will follow, or contact Chris Bark ( ) for more details. Audience: All staff with interest in or experience with systematic literature reviews.
Best Practice in Marketing & Communications 18 March 2020 - 11:00am to 3:15pm Library, Aston University, Aston St, Birmingham B4 7ET This event aims to look at several topics related to best practice in marketing and communication within the Library environment. The day will cover 4 topics via presentations and audience interaction, with plenty of time for questions. There will also be an opportunity for networking and an optional tour of the Library at the end of the event. It is hosted by the Mercian Staff Development Group. Audience: All staff with an interest in or experience of marketing and communications within the Library. Information: Contact Emma Hollinshead ( or follow the booking link for more details.
Changing Role of the Library Assistant 21 May 2020 - 10:30am to 3:30pm University Library, University of Birmingham This exciting and much anticipated event, postponed from last academic year, will be hosted at the University of Birmingham, on behalf of the Mercian Staff Development Group on Thu 21st May 2020. Details to follow, but for further information, please contact Teresa Jordan ( Audience: TBC
Decolonising Academic Libraries 16 June 2020 - 10:30am to 4:00pm University of Leicester, University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH 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 ( or Kaye Towlson ( 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 This event will be hosted by Aston University, on behalf of the Mercian Staff Development Group. More details will follow, or contact Clare Langman ( for more details.