Adam Edwards is an experienced library manager whose career has focused on the student experience and supporting 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 Faculties of Business and Law and Science and Technology. Each year his team deliver hundreds of hours of information literacy teaching and 121 support for students and staff.
Adam has been in library academic liaison for most of his career. He previously worked at:
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:
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. 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
This blog post explains our thinking: https://infolit.org.uk/game-on-enhancing-engagement-interaction-and-reflection-in-library-workshops/
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 summary of current treaching practice by the Librarians at Middlesex is available in an article in SCONUL Focus.
A full list of Adam's papers and presentations can be found in the Middlesex University Research Repository.
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
A recent blog post explains our thinking: https://infolit.org.uk/game-on-enhancing-engagement-interaction-and-reflection-in-library-workshops/
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 (2022) EPQ @ MDX: Supporting local students (A case study). In: All things being equal: the regional contribution of libraries, 11 May 2022, Online London, UK.
Edwards, J. Adam (2022) Can lean management improve support for print disabled students? A Middlesex University case study. ALISS Quarterly , 17 (3). pp. 18-24. ISSN 1747-9258
Georgiadou, Elli and Lampropoulos, Georgios and Siakas, Errikos and Siakas, Kerstin V. and Edwards, J. Adam and Valtanen, Juri and Berki, Eleni and Paltalidis, Nickos and Rahanu, Harjinder and Knezevic, Ratko and Čolic, Amela and Tomic, Bozana and Savva, Andreas and Stylianou, Vasso and Meiramova, Saltanat and Abd Elghany, Marwa and Khalifa, Nermine and Gevorgyan, Rita and Popa, Daniela and Odero, Jackline and Ali, Umulker and Panteri, Maria and Dennis, Karen and Stoffová, Veronika and Begum, Dilara and Chaudhary, Sunil and Plastira, Maria and Soylu, Demet and Ross, Margaret and Staples, Geoff and Zamaraeva, Galina and Panov, Jury and Zhang, Xu and Portides, George and McGuinness, Claire and Valkanou, Theodora and Knezevic, Sandra (2021) Rapid migration from traditional or hybrid to fully virtual education in the age of the coronavirus pandemic: challenges, experiences and views of college and university students. In: e-Learning - INSPIRE XXVI Conference, 22-24 Jun 2021, Southampton, UK.
Soylu, Demet and Lampropoulos, Georgios and Siakas, Errikos and Panteri, Maria and Valtanen, Juri and Berki, Eleni and Siakas, Kerstin V. and Medeni, Tunc D. and Edwards, J. Adam and Georgiadou, Elli (2021) Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education: experiences and feelings reported by primary school pupils from Greece and Turkey. In: BCS Inspire XXVI: Delivering global eductation and impact in emergencies using e-learning, 21-23 Jun 2021, Southampton.
Panteri, Maria and Zirki, Annita and Lambrou, Georgia and Valtanen, Juri and Berki, Eleni and Lampropoulos, Georgios and Soylu, Demet and Siakas, Kerstin and Georgiadou, Elli and Edwards, J. Adam and Rahanu, Harjinder and Stoffová, Maja and Morales Calleja, Carlos (2021) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the learning and wellbeing of secondary school students: a survey in Southern Europe. In: BCS Inspire XXVI Delivering global education and impact in emergencies using e-learning, 21-23 Jun 2021, Southampton.
Edwards, J. Adam (2007) A vital lifeline: UK Libraries Plus 1999-2006. SCONUL Focus, 40, pp. 89-93. http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/4362/