Call for Papers: Mercian Collaboration Conference 2019

Gaz J Johnson

Come and talk about the great work you and your colleagues have been doing!

The Collaboration is delighted to announce the call for papers for our annual conference is now open. The third in this series of highly successful annual conferences will once again bring together over 100 library staff delegates from across the UK midlands, for a day of learning, exchange and collaborative opportunity. This year the day-long event will be hosted at the University of Nottingham’s prestigious city campus, on Tuesday 10th September 2019, with attendance once again exclusive to regional academic library staff from Collaboration membership organisations only. Additionally, as in previous years, delegate attendance costs will be generously covered by the Collaboration and its event sponsors, meaning there’s little excuse not to consider attending!

Alongside the exciting papers and extensive networking opportunities, library staff delegates will have the opportunity to engage with the select Gold Level sponsors. Attendees will also have the chance to learn more about our special interest groups (SIGs) and governing Steering Group’s activities from speaking to key representatives.

Submit YOUR Session Proposals!

This year the theme of the conference is: Building Bridges: Collaboration, partnership and community, with papers which engage from this topic from any angle warmly invited. Additionally, library staff are also encouraged to submit hour-long workshop proposals which align with the conference’s theme.

The deadline for prospective submissions is 5pm Wednesday 5th June 2019. You can submit your proposal via our Google Docs form, or if you prefer print off further information which includes a paper based submission.

**STOP PRESS: Submission deadline extended to 5pm Monday 10th June 2019**

Note: Proposals are welcomed exclusively from membership organisations’ staff only!

First Time Speakers Support

As in previous years, the Collaboration especially welcomes submissions from first-time conference presenters, with support and advice available on request (contact Jo Anne-Watts:, University). First-time speakers can also take advantage of personal support and encouragement on the day from the conference team.

Review & Notification

Proposals will be reviewed by the Mercian Conference Group in early June, with applicants being notified of their relative success in the weeks that follow. Due to the number of proposals anticipated, detailed feedback will not be automatically provided. For more information on the Mercian Collaboration 2019 Conference, contact any member of the Conference Group or the Development Officer.