Adam Edwards is an experienced library manager whose career has focused on supporting students and academic staff through subject liaison, resource management and information literacy teaching. He manages a team of librarians and support staff providing information resources for the Schools of Law and Science and Technology. In 2014-15 the team delivered 411 hours of information literacy teaching for students at all levels. Adam has been in library academic liaison for most of his career.
He was a founder member of the UK Libraries Plus team who created the UK wide university library access scheme which is now SCONUL Access.
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Adam teaches information literacy to students at all levels. He is particularly interested in embedding this more widely in the curriculum and in methods to improve student engagement and knowledge retention. Over the past four years he has collaborated with Vanessa Hill and other Middlesex University Library team members to develop new ways to teach information literacy.
The materials they have developed are publicly available under Creative Commons Licence via their LibGuide: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/MDXGames
Their work has been presented at the following conferences:
We have also run a numebr of one day workshops for NHS and School Librarians.
A full list of his papers and presentations can be found in the Middlesex University Research Repository.
A summary of current treaching practice by the Librarians at Middlesex is available in an article in SCONUL Focus.
In 2016 Adam completed a joint DProf by Public Works with Vanessa Hill which reflects on and develops their work in information literacy and how this will impact on the future of the library profession. The full work is here: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/18944/
A description of their pedagogical practice can be found in:
Teaching, not telling: Proceedings of the 2nd UK Information Literacy and Summon Day, held at Manchester Metropolitan University, 25 July 2013: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/13524/
We also gave a presentation on the whole DProf experience at Lilac 2017:
Practitioner research for librarians: a DProf case study. In: LILAC 2017, 10-12 April 2017, Swansea University, Wales. http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21649
Adam's research interests are information literacy and library management.
Lawson, Matthew and Edwards, J. Adam and Bailey, Sue and Brown, Venetia (2017) 'Contract Cheating': an overview of perspectives (academic, student) exploring ways to detect and alleviate contract cheating, considering the roles of registry and technology. In: Teaching in a Time of Uncertainty: Middlesex university Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2017, 08 Sept 2017, Middlesex University, Hendon, London, UK.
Edwards, J. Adam and Hill, Vanessa (2017) Chain reaction: how inspiration for us became inspiration for others. In: Inspiring staff: M25 2017 Annual Conference, 03 May 2017, Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
Edwards, J. Adam and Hill, Vanessa (2017) Practitioner research for librarians: a DProf case study. In: LILAC 2017, 10-12 April 2017, Swansea University, Wales.
Edwards, J. Adam and Hill, Vanessa (2016) Workshops, games and activities used in teaching information literacy skills (version 9). Merlot, Middlesex University. (Published online first)
Edwards, J. Adam (2017) Evolving pedagogical practice at Middlesex University: the state of our art. SCONUL Focus (68). pp. 47-57. ISSN 1745-5790