I'm Andrew Walsh, and this site pulls together some of the things I do outside of my "normal" work at the University of Huddersfield, relating to games and playful learning in adult education, information literacy, and innovative practice within libraries, including my writing, delivering Keynote speeches, workshops and consultancy.
I've now gone part-time in my "day" job at Huddersfield, so have more time to dedicate to these projects.
Together with Gary Green from Voices for the Library, we ran a Kickstarter to create a visual A-Z of libraries and a range of advocacy materials for public libraries. There is a book available and a range of other materials that are free to download and re-use from the dedicated website.
I've set up a low cost publisher for professional development books for LIS professionals and students which will publish a small number of books a year.
I'm currently running various workshops and can run these at your own institution as well as organising my own. These include using play in (adult) learning; making games educational games; making educational escape rooms; using Lego in teaching; and creative information literacy teaching. Details of some workshop options and topics for Keynote and invited talks are listed on the workshops & talks page.
One of my more recent obsessions is whether we can use ideas from escape rooms to teach in a more playful way, and I've been blogging my progress with escape room teaching as I've developed an escape room induction thanks to winning the Lagadothon at LILAC in Dublin, 2016.
I'm available to talk worldwide (some key conference presentations / papers are on my repository page) and can cover topics such as playful learning, games based learning, information literacy, innovation in libraries, games based learning, active learning and more.
Collaborating with Emma Coonan, we edited a book on Information Discovery Journeys, which we've published as a free e-book under a Creative Commons licence, with a print option (ISBN 978-0957665217) also available. It is available worldwide via Lulu.com, all the "normal" places and now on here!
Along with 3 other innovative UK librarians, I organised I2C2 - the Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity Conference which was held in Manchester, UK in March 2014 which was rated as good (27%) or excellent (73%) by all attendees. I ran a second i2c2 in Scarborough in 2017, which again had brilliant feedback!
See the links on the right hand side for more details of current and past projects!
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