Past Events

The following is a list of events organised by the Collaboration. Where possible, presentations,reports and any other materials related to the events are made available here.

If you have a report, blog or write up of a Mercian Collaboration event you’d be prepared to share with us, please get in touch.


Date Location Description
Managing Undergraduate Reading Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00 Newman University

Newman University Library

Managing the theory and practice of undergraduate reading is a constant struggle for libraries across the whole university sector.

Getting Yourself Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 14:00 to 16:30 Seminar Room, Library, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

University of Warwick Library

An opportunity to learn about publishing your research or practice, or to simply better understand formal publication process.

New Approaches to Circulation Monday, November 27, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:00 Staffordshire University, Flaxman Building, L410, College Road, ST4 2DE

Staffordshire University

Aston: All the Same, But Different Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:00 to 14:00 Aston University Library, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Aston University Library

A chance to experience a guided tour of the facilities and meet with the library staff working at the intriguing and informative university Library at Aston University.

The Online User Experience Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:30 to 15:00 Lanchester Library, Coventry University

Lanchester Library

Mercian Collaboration Conference 2017 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:30 The Venue, De Montfort University

The first Mercian Collaboration Conference: In Libraries We Trust, will be held on Tuesday 12th September 2017.  Full event details and the programme, is now available.

Getting Yourself Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 13:30 to 16:30 University of Warwick

Doing something exciting and want to tell more people about it?  Looking to share the results of your work based research?  Or supporting staff and students with publishing and want to share ideas?

Harper Adams: All the Same, But Different Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:00 to 14:00 Harper Adams, Newport, Shropshire

A chance to experience a guided tour of the facilities and meet with the library staff working at the bucolic and fascinating Harper Adams University. A perfect way to round out the academic year!

Partner Relationships: Sharing Experiences and Developing Solutions Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 13:30 to 16:00 The Library, University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, NN2 7AL

Many universities now run programmes through partner institutions, both within the UK and overseas. This event provides an opportunity for participants to exchange their experiences, challenges, knowledge and solutions.

All the Same, But Different: George Green Library, Nottingham Tour Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 14:00 to 16:00 University of Nottingham

Another one of the popular All the Same, But Different library tours.  A chance to explore the recently refurbished and remodelled George Green Library's (University of Nottingham) facilities and environment, as well as have informal discussions with local staff.

Research Data Management Support Group: Launch meeting Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:30 Graduate House (Angela Marmont Building), Loughborough University

This will be the first meeting of the newly established Mercian RDMSG and will be a chance for those staff interested in RDM to get together and discuss questions and challenges in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Recruitment - Get It Right! Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 13:30 to 16:00 Derby University

Academic Library work is ever changing and success relies on staff adopting a customer centred approach. To meet the changing needs of our service we have had to adjust our approach to recruitment, particularly with our frontline teams.

Ethnography for Service Planning Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00 The Research Exchange Seminar Rooms, The Library, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL

Libraries are using a range of feedback to enhance services, especially statistical data from national surveys such as NSS and, PTES and PRES.  Many wish to gain a more in-depth picture of how our customers are using the physical library buildings and information resources to complement the bald

All the Same, But Different: Birmingham Library Tour Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 10:00 to 13:00 University of Birmingham

chance to explore the University of Birmingham's new library as well as have informal discussions with local staff. Join us for a visit and see how our new building has transformed the experience of staff and students alike.  Lunch is not provided.

What do Year 1 Students Really Need to Know? Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:00 Aston University Library, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET

For many students their first year at university can be challenging, but where and how does the library feature during this major transitional time?