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
Negotiating & Positive Influencing Skills 7 February 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Workshop B (L216), 2nd floor, Library Building, Aston University, Birmingham In this intensive 1-day course delegates will learn how to persuade, influence and negotiate rationally, subtly and, above all, positively. They will understand how to feel, and look more confident, how to persist, how to respond to manipulation, and how to reassure people that the chosen outcome is the right one. Booking information to follow. Further details from Matt Cunningham ( or your local SDG Rep.
Access to Resources 12 February 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm Eric Wood Building, Room EW 2.03m De Montfort University, Leicester An event looking at access to resources, in a challenging financial climate. Focus will be on maintaining services and support, alongside considering rationalising online subscriptions. See flyer for full details of speakers and topics, or contact Carol Barker ( for more. Audience: All library staff, but especially those involved in all aspects of collection development, access management or licensing.  
All the Same, But Different: Nottingham Trent University 21 February 2019 - 10:00am to 1:30pm Clifton Campus Library, Nottingham Trent University, College Dr, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8NS   This event at the  Clifton Campus will explore how training has been utilised to build resilience in the frontline library team, during a period of change. There will be a presentation from team leaders within the library team, an opportunity to share best practice as well as a chance to tour the library Audience: Suitable for all library staff, especially library assistants. See the event flyer for further information or contact: John Boxall (  
All the Same, But Different: Northampton 15 May 2019 - 10:30am to 3:00pm Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton, NN1 5PH An exciting opportunity to visit the new university campus and facilities at the Waterside Campus, University of Northampton, 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. Audience: Suitable for all library staff, especially library assistants. Full details and booking information to follow.
The Learner Journey 22 May 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Derby An event looking at learners' journeys. Booking and details to follow. For more information contact: Kay Jeffries (