Virtual Networking: Talking about Learning

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Designed as an informal space for wide-ranging discussions, driven by participants interests.

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The next in the popular series of virtual network discussion sessions will be held 22nd April 2021.

Designed as an informal space for wide-ranging discussions, driven by participants interests, these sessions are designed to appeal to staff working at all levels and sections of the academic libraries. Attendees should come ready, willing and able to chat with a small group of colleagues from across the region.

This time the initial focus will be on learning and teaching, and communication with our users and will touch on questions including but not limited to:

-Is the student learning experience continuing to evolve, or has it reached a stable plateau?

-How have library interactions and communications with its user community evolved from the early lockdown reactive approaches?

-How are we achieving authentic engagement with our learning communities?

-What are the challenges, obstacles and workarounds you currently face in delivering an effective learning environment?

-What tips, advice or guidance could you share about teaching and educational practices over the past year?

As always, there will also be the opportunity for participants to shape the direction and topics of discussion on the day.

Platform: The event will be hosted on the Zoom platform, which means you will need a device (PC, tablet, smart phone) with a microphone, and ideally a web camera turned on, to participate. A link to the login information will be sent to ahead of the event. However, if you are unable to see or access this link by the day of the event, please contact Gareth J Johnson ( to receive the information directly.

Audience: All library staff

Hosts: The event will be co-hosted by Sarah Pittaway (MSDG, Worcester) and Gareth J Johnson (Mercian Collaboration). To ensure everyone has the opportunity to speak, places on this event will be limited. You can find advice on using and installing Zoom on the Collaboration's website.

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The Mercian Collaboration

A regional network based in the UK Midlands, currently comprising 23 academic libraries. Funded through a subscription model, membership is open to all SCONUL member libraries in good standing within the midlands. The Collaboration provides a space to collectively explore training and development and seek efficiencies on behalf of its institutions and the wider community. Members draw on their own and each other’s good practice and ideas, along with their awareness of relevant developments from outside the Collaboration. Activities are strategically shaped by a Steering Group and Directors Board, with practical delivery on aspirations tasked to various special interest subgroups. 

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By booking to attend this Mercian Collaboration event, we will use your personal details for the express purpose of providing you with delegate access to the event. Personal data collected through your booking to attend this event will be used for the purposes of communicating delegate information with you before the event, and in order to facilitate our delegate management operations. Limited portions of this information (e.g. name, institution) will be used to create a delegate list, as part of the Mercian Collaboration’s legitimate business interests in furthering networking, collaboration and collegiality within its member organisations.

Where you have provided any information relating to any special needs or provision this will be disclosed to third parties only for the express purpose of arranging appropriate modifications (e.g. dietary, access), and will not be retained after the event.

If you withdraw from attendance of this event, your personal information will be deleted from our event records. However, if your notification is revived less than two working days before the event, while we will make every effort, we will be unable to guarantee that your details will not be shared within the delegate list.

You may withdraw your delegate place by contacting the event organiser. For more details on how we handle personal data, see our data privacy policy.

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