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
Student Wellbeing 19 April 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm University of Warwick This event will explore approaches to enhance and support students’ health & welfare, focusing on the feasibility and effectiveness of wellbeing programmes delivered within a university setting and how libraries can support this area. You will hear from colleagues from Coventry, DeMontfort and Warwick. The afternoon workshop will provide an opportunity to explore and exchange approaches and share experiences There will be an opportunity to try out some of the wellbeing activities offered to students at Warwick during lunch.
GDPR & Research Data 25 April 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm University of Nottingham To provide researchers and research support staff an overview of the implications of the soon to be implemented GDPR on research data management, including what considerations need to be taken into account when planning for and conducting research with human participants. Presented by the Merican RDM Support Group. Booking details to follow.
Loughborough: All the Same, But Different 15 May 2018 - 11:00am to 3:30pm Loughborough University, Leicestershire A chance to experience a guided tour of the facilities and meet with the library staff working at the energised and engaging Pilkington Library at Loughborough University. Booking information available in 2018.
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.
Mercian Collaboration Conference 2018 11 September 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm University of Birmingham The Mercian Collaboration Conference 2018 "New to You" will take place at the University of Birmingham, Tuesday 11th September 2018. A call for workshops, papers and talks will be announced after Easter, with booking for delegates launched in the early summer. Information for potential sponsorship opportunities will appear very soon. More details will appear here, and on the Conference micro-site.