Mercian Collaboration History

The Mercian Collaboration originated following initial meetings and workshops held between the Directors of the East and West Midlands university libraries in 2013-2014. The original twenty-two members expanded in October 2017, to include Cranfield University.

Steering Group

While the current Steering Group Officers and members are shown elsewhere, contributions to the Mercian's operations and strategic direction have been made by a number of individuals who have since stepped down from these leadership roles. The role of Secretary was dissolved in 2015, following the Mercian Collaboration Officer's appointment. The role of Vice-Chair reconfigured in 2017 to progress to Chair, following the previous incumbent’s departure, making the role effectively a four year commitment.

Currently, the outgoing Steering Group hands over biennially following the March Directors board

Steering Group (2017-2019)

  • Chair: Dave Parkes (DMU)
  • Vice-Chair: Diane Job (Birmingham)
  • Treasurer: Paul Reynolds (Keele)
  • Member: Fiona Parsons (Wolverhampton)
  • Member: Emma Walton (Loughborough)
  • Member: Phil Brabban (Coventry)

Steering Group (2014-17)

  • Chair: Caroline Taylor (Leicester)
  • Vice-Chair: Nicky Whitsed (Open University) [2014 - March 2016, post vacant to March 2017]
  • Treasurer: Robin Green (Warwick)
  • Secretary: Jo Webb (DMU) [2014 - mid.2015, post subsequently dissolved]

Events

As the Collaboration’s activities have matured, so too have the events organised. Prior to 2016 the only events held were meetings between directors, and an emerging programme of events from the Mercian Staff Development Group. However, a calendar of all events, meetings and conferences organised by the Collaboration and her constituent special interest groups from 2016 onward is available.

Special Interest Groups Founded

2014

2016

2017

2019

[1] Formed from amalgamating two pre-existing regional groups
[2] Formed from a pre-existing unaffiliated regional group