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.
Kings College London
Central School of Speech and Drama
London South Bank University
University of Hertfordshire
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.
Academic and professional qualifications:
BA French, University of Manchester 1984
MSc Library and Information Studies, Loughborough University, 1986
Member Chartered Institution of Library and Information Professionals, 1988 (revalidated 2016)
PGCert Learning and Supporting Teaching in Higher Education, Middlesex University, 2013
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013
Doctor of Professional Studies by Public Works, 2016
Learning & Teaching Interests
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.
A summary of current treaching practice by the Librarians at Middlesex is available in an article in SCONUL Focus.
Research Outputs & Interests
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:
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.
Fellow of the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex Universtity: 2016 -
Treasurer sherif (Shared EResources Information Forum): 2015-
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: 2013 -
Secretary M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries: 2008 – 2009
Chair M25 Consortium Collaboration and Partnership Working Group: 2007 - 2008
Chair M25 Consortium Quality Working Group: 2007
SCONUL Task and Finish Group on Access: 2005 - 2006
SCONUL Advisory Committee on Access: 2005 - 2006
SCONUL Advisory Committee on Access Information Services and Systems: 2000 – 2005
SCONUL Task Force on Distance Learning: 1999 - 2001
Convenor UK Libraries Plus: 1999 – 2006. (Previously Convenor London Plus 1997-1999). A history of this nationally significant scheme can be found in: Edwards, J. Adam (2007) A vital lifeline: UK Libraries Plus 1999-2006. SCONUL Focus, 40, pp. 89-93. http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/4362/