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Final Virtual Networking of the Year Brings Reflections on Staff Learning Journeys

The end of a very different year was a time to consider the skills, aptitudes and challenges of the continued online support pivot for academic library staff.

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Third Virtual Networking Event Explores Staff and Student Experiences at a Distance

The power of silence, the challenge of reopening and the opportunities of the new normal all come up for discussion in the third virtual networking event!

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Opening New Doors with a Visit to the Open University

Loughborough’s Joanne Culpin reflects back on a recent event hosted by and about the Open University library service.

This was a very interesting and enjoyable day which included an introductory talk and tour prior to lunch and then a selection of activities and talks in the afternoon, from which we were able to attend three from the following list of options:

1) Libopoly: A fun take on the classic board game that demonstrates the Library’s role in module production.

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Call for Contributions: Decolonising the Academic Library

An invitation for contributions to a Mercian Collaboration Staff Development Group event organised jointly by De Montfort University, Leicester and Leicester University.

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Collaboration Conference Builds Bridges into a Challenging Future

The Collaboration makes it three in a row, with its third successful conference hosted at the University of Nottingham.

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Inclusion Getting Back to the Basics

Two reports from the Mercian Disability Forum’s first event demonstrate how delegates had a timely moment for reflection and learning, around enhancing accessibility support.


Vicki McGarvey, Staffordshire University

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Rethinking the Online User Experience with Libguides

Coventry based event collates various perspectives and approaches in considering routes to effectively enhancing the online library user experience.

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Mercian Research Data Management Support Group launches

The Mercian RDM Support Group’s launch workshop attracted delegates and discussion, highlighting the level of regional development around the increasingly vital UK Higher Education activity of research data management.

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Conference 2017: Call for Participation Opens

The Conference Group, on behalf of the Mercian Collaboration, are pleased to announce the first Mercian Collaboration Conference 'In Libraries We Trust', will be held at The Venue, De Montfort University on Tuesday 12th September 2017.  This day-long conference represents the first-time staff from across the Mercian Collaboration will have gathered for such largescale exchange of learning and experiences. It is hoped that the 2017 conference will form the template for future, annual Mercian Conferences.

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Exploring the Wonders of Ethnography for Librarians

A recent Mercian SDG event saw library staff from across the Mercian region, dipping their toes into the mysteries of applied ethnographic research


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