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 2017-18 the team delivered 497 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:
They have also run a number 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 since 2011 and how this will impact on the future of the library profession. The full work is here:
Demythologising librarianship: future librarians in a changing literacy landscape. [Doctorate by Public Works] http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/18944/
The core public work on the use of games and activties in information literacy teaching is freely available for reuse from here: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/mdxgames
They 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
A paper by Adam looking at the pedagoical practice of all the librarians at Middlesex University was published in Sconul Focus:
Evolving pedagogical practice at Middlesex University: the state of our art. SCONUL Focus (68). pp. 47-57. http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21072
Adam's research interests are information literacy and library management. You can also see his papers on Ressearch Gate:
Edwards, J. Adam and Hill, Vanessa (2018) Game on: enhancing engagement, interaction and reflection in library workshops. [Digital artefact]
Georgiadou, Elli and Rahanu, Harjinder and Siakas, Kerstin V. and McGuinness, Claire and Edwards, J. Adam and Hill, Vanessa and Khan, Nawaz and Kirby, Padraig and Cavanagh, Jerald and Knezevic, Ratko (2018) Fake news and critical thinking in information evaluation. In: Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference WBILC 2018, 21-22 June 2018, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Edwards, J. Adam and Hill, Vanessa (2018) Game on! Enhancing engagement, interaction and reflection in library workshops. In: Cambridge Libraries Conference 2018: Breakthrough the Library, 11 January 2018, University of Cambridge.
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.
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/