Deadline for Conference Submissions is Mid-June

Gaz J Johnson

The deadline for proposing sessions at this year's Collaboration conference is fast approaching - have you got your suggestion in yet?

There’s still a couple of weeks left for you to get your suggestions and proposals in to speak at this September’s annual Mercian Collaboration Conference. This year's theme is Adaptation and Growth in Times of Adversity, with the event hosted online over two half days (9th/10th September). This is the fourth Collaboration conference and will once again draw library staff together from across the region to learn and explore, as well as informally catch up on events and developments across the region.

This year’s conference will include a number of different session formats, giving speakers the flexibility to present longer or shorter sessions, and increasing the variety of content for our delegate audience. Session formats include:

  • Full ‘papers’ or workshops: 40 minutes (preferably live)
  • Lightning talks: 10 minutes (live or pre-recorded)
  • Reasons to be cheerful: 3-5 minutes (pre-recorded)

Proposals for all sessions or workshops can be made on any topic broadly related to the conference’s theme. Team or co-presented sessions are also welcomed, and we would be especially keen to hear from first time speakers; especially for the Reasons to be Cheerful pre-recorded inserts.

The deadline for proposal submissions is: Friday 18th June

Further Information

Additionally, as in previous years, the conference will be open to attendance free of charge to all academic library staff. This year, we have also opened the conference up to academic library staff from across the UK. A call for delegate bookings will appear later in the summer. More details on the call ( are available. Alternatively, contact the Group Chair (, any member of the Conference Group or via our general email (

For general information on the conference, visit the Conference '21 microsite: