Save the date - Conference 2023

Executive Officer (Interim Cover)


Please keep 7th September 2023 free if you’d like to attend our conference as a delegate or speaker.

The Conference Group is delighted to announce that this year’s signature Mercian Collaboration event - the annual conference - will be hosted in person for the first time since 2019.

This year the Collaboration is deeply grateful to University of Birmingham for kindly offering to host the event, thus allowing delegates and speakers alike the opportunity to engage, network and discuss matters of interest to the regional academic library community.

The exact theme for this year’s Collaboration is still under discussions - although the Conference Group are zeroing in on a theme as we speak. Inspired by comments received on last year’s delegate feedback survey, informed through sector developments and debated within the Conference Group committee, we hope this year’s theme will once more appeal to staff working at all levels and sections of the library.

Furthermore, this year’s conference will also be looking to external partner organisations to support the Collaboration’s signature event through participating in various sponsorship opportunities.
A formal launch of sponsorship, and a call for speakers, alongside the announcement of the final conference theme will follow in the coming weeks.

As normal, delegate bookings are planned to open in the early summer. We are delighted to announce that once again the event will be free to attend for all library staff at Mercian Collaboration member institutions.

Further updates on the conference will follow on the Collaboration’s news pages, social media and via the Mercian-Collaboration general discussion list (join today!).
Alternatively, contact the Collaboration Executive Officer via email: ( or follow MercianCollab on twitter (#Mercian23)