Portrait of  Andrew Walsh Andrew Walsh

a.p.walsh@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473252


Andrew is a researcher practitioner, whose research has largely focussed on improving the teaching of information skills, especially via the development and introduction of innovative and original means of information literacy instruction. Andrew is particularly interested in information literacy, the use of active learning within library sessions, the application of mobile technologies within the library environment, and taking advantage of appropriate Web 2.0 technologies to make his life easier. He is currently studying for a PhD within the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield.

He has undertaken numerous projects to improve teaching and learning, especially concerning mobile learning in libraries. The winner of the UC&R (University College & Research) group “Innovation Award” in 2009, the “LIRG (Library and Information Research Group) Research Award” in 2009 and the Information Literacy Group “Information literacy practitioner of the Year” in 2012, Andrew is a serial innovator always ready to share his experiences to enable others to develop their own services, and perhaps most importantly, avoid his mistakes. As such he publishes widely in trade publications as well as peer reviewed journals, has authored books on Active Learning and Mobile technology in libraries along with various book chapters, and is in demand as a keynote speaker internationally.

Most recently, Andrew has initiated, and is leading on, a social game based learning project suitable for both mobile and desktop use. Called “Lemon Tree” this was the first game of its type in UK libraries to be launched (October 2011), and aimed to increase the use of library resources through a mixture of online social networking and game style rewards.

Andrew is a University teaching Fellow and a National Teaching Fellow.

Research and Scholarship

A library practitioner, most of Andrew’s research interests are guided by his practical work with users and include:

  • Information Literacy
  • Mobile Learning
  • Active Learning
  • Impact of Libraries on Academic Acheivement
  • Gamification of Library Activities
  • Blurring the boundaries of physical and electronic space in libraries

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Walsh, A (2016) ‘Think play is for nurseries, not universities? Think again.Guardian Higher Education Network .

Walsh, A (2015) ‘Playful Information Literacy: Play and information Literacy in Higher EducationNordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education , 7 (1), pp. 80-94. ISSN 1890-5900

Walsh, A (2014) ‘The potential for using gamification in academic libraries in order to increase student engagement and achievementNordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education , 6 (1), pp. 39-51. ISSN 1890-5900

Walsh, A (2014) ‘SEEK!: creating and crowdfunding a game-based open educational resource to improve information literacyInsights , 27 (1), pp. 63-66. ISSN 2048-7754

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Mobile Information Literacy: a preliminary outline of information behaviour in a mobile environmentJournal of information literacy , 6 (2), pp. 56-69. ISSN 1750-5968

Sharman, A. and Walsh, A. (2012) ‘Roving librarian at a mid-sized, UK based UniversityLibrary Technology Reports , 48 (8), pp. 28-34. ISSN 0024-2586

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Blurring the boundaries between our physical and electronic libraries: Location aware technologies; QR codes and RFID tags.The Electronic Library , 29 (4), pp. 429-437. ISSN 0264-0473

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Librarians learning from librarians: Networking and learning intersect at the Huddersfield Librarian TeachMeetInformation Today (Europe) .

Walsh, A (2010) ‘What's stopping us?Library and Information Gazette , p. 6. ISSN 1741220X

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Mobile Technologies in LibrariesFUMSI (34).

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries (emtacl10)Ariadne (64). ISSN 1361-3200

Walsh, A (2010) ‘QR Codes – using mobile phones to deliver library instruction and help at the point of need.Journal of information literacy , 3 (1), pp. 55-65. ISSN 1750-5968

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Supplementing inductions with text messages, an SMS “tips and tricks” serviceALISS Quarterly , 5 (3), pp. 23-25. ISSN 1747-9258

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Mobile phone services and UK Higher Education students, what do they want from the library?Library and Information Research , 34 (106), pp. 22-36. ISSN 1756-1086

Walsh, A (2009) ‘They all have them - why not use them? Introducing mobile learning at the University of Huddersfield LibrarySconul Focus , 47 (Winter), pp. 27-28. ISSN 1745-5782

Walsh, A. and Barrett, L. (2009) ‘Text a Librarian @ HuddersfieldCILIP Update , pp. 44-45. ISSN 1476-7171

Walsh, A (2009) ‘Text messaging (SMS) and librariesLibrary Hi Tech News , 26 (8), pp. 9-11. ISSN 0741-9058

Walsh, A (2009) ‘Quick response codes and librariesLibrary Hi Tech News , 26 (5/6), pp. 7-9. ISSN 0741-9058

Walsh, A (2009) ‘Information Literacy Assessment: Where do we start?Journal of Librarianship and Information Science , 41 (1), pp. 19-28. ISSN 0961-0006


Walsh, A (2017) The Mini Book of Teaching Tips for Librarians . Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries. ISBN 9781911500001

Walsh, A. and Clement, E. (2015) Inspiring, Innovative and Creative Library Interventions: An i2c2 Compendium . Huddersfield, UK: Innovative Libraries. ISBN 978-0-9576652-3-1

Green, G., Walsh, A. and Filhol, J. (2014) The Library A to Z . Huddersfield, UK: Innovative Libraries. ISBN 9780957665293

Walsh, A. and Coonan, E. (2013) Only Connect … Discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure . Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries. ISBN 978-0-9576652-0-0

Walsh, A (2012) Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services: A Handbook . London: Facet. ISBN 9781856048095

Walsh, A. and Inala, P. (2010) Active Learning Techniques for Librarians: Practical Examples . Cambridge: Chandos. ISBN 9781843345923

Book Section

Walsh, A. and Clementson, J. (2017) ‘Reasons to play in Higher Education’. In: The Power of Play - Voices from the Play Community. Aarhus, Denmark: CounterPlay. pp. 181-187. ISBN 9788799975204

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Tweets, Texts & Trees’. In: Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0. London: Facet. pp. 111-118. ISBN 9781856047623

Walsh, A. and Godwin, P. (2012) ‘It’s just not the same: mobile information literacy’. In: M-libraries 3: Transforming libraries with mobile technology. London: Facet. pp. 109-118. ISBN 9781856047760

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Setting Reference Free: Reference Services for the Mobile Age’. In: Leading the Reference Renaissance: Today's Ideas for Tomorrow's Cutting Edge Services. New York: Neal-Schuman. . ISBN 9781555707712

Conference Item

Walsh, A (2017) ‘Letting sparks fly, using play to set your learners alight!’. In: 2017 Business Librarians Association Conference: Find your spark! Inspiration for challenging times, 5th-7th July, Southampton Solent University, UK

Walsh, A (2017) ‘Play in a converged service’. In: University of Brighton Staff Conference, 28th June 2017, University of Brighton, UK

Walsh, A (2017) ‘Playing is for grown ups’. In: LILAC 2017, 10th - 12th April 2017, Swansea

Walsh, A. and Haigh, J. (2016) ‘Transform-IT: On the magic roundabout of skills.’. In: LILAC 2016, 21st - 23rd March, 2016, Dublin

Walsh, A (2015) ‘Create a library game in 90 minutes’. In: Next Library, 12th - 15th September 2015, Aarhus, Denmark

Walsh, A (2015) ‘Infolit teaching in HE’. In: Information Literacy at the interface: Learning from practice in the classroom and employment, 22nd May 2015, London, UK

Walsh, A. and Johnson, Z. (2014) ‘Information Literacy and Drama Academics’. In: European Conference on Information Literacy, 20-23 October 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walsh, A (2014) ‘Gaming in the library’. In: ARLIS/UK & Ireland Annual Conference 2014: Reaching New Peaks, 16-18 July 2014, Manchester

Walsh, A (2014) ‘Playing with Information Literacy’. In: LILAC 2014, 23 - 25 April 2014, Sheffield Hallam University

Walsh, A (2014) ‘Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity Conference (i2c2): Abstract and programme book.’. In: i2c2 conference, 6-7 March 2014, Manchester

Walsh, A (2013) ‘Game Based Learning for Information Literacy Instruction.’. In: European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), 22 to 25 October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Johnson, Z. and Walsh, A. (2013) ‘Finding paths through the information forest’. In: Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, the 2nd annual HEA Arts and Humanities conference, 2013, 29th-30th May 2013, Brighton, UK

Walsh, A., Edwards, A. and Hill, V. (2013) ‘Games and Gamification for information literacy’. In: LILAC 2013, 25th March to 27th March 2013, Manchester, UK

Howorth, N. and Walsh, A. (2013) ‘The Informed Researcher at Huddersfield’. In: LILAC 2013, 25 - 27 March 2013, Manchester, UK

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Lemons, badges, fun and games: Gamification and libraries.’. In: Symposium on Mobile Technologies in Library Services, 22nd November 2012, Dublin

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Lemons, badges, fun and games: Gamification and libraries.’. In: Symposium on Mobile Technologies in Library Services, 22 November 2012, Dublin

Walsh, A. and Howorth, N. (2012) ‘Creating the informed researcher: adapting the information literacy lens of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework for local needs.’. In: Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2012: Realising the Potential of Researchers, 3-4 September 2012, Midland Hotel, Manchester

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Lemontree and @librarygame: Turning Using the library into a game.’. In: Children in performative spaces, 11-12 June 2012, Copenhagen

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Mobiles for information skills’. In: Shhhh? The Reality of New Technologies and their Place in Libraries, 8 May 2012, Darlington

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Roving Librarians @hudlib’. In: Reflecting through a digital lens: how can Libraries support learning?, 11 May 2012, Leeds Trinity University College

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Playing games and growing trees … not sucking lemons’. In: LILAC 2012, 11th - 13th April 2012, Glasgow

Walsh, A (2012) ‘Innovating for Information Literacy’. In: Going it alone: innovations in information literacy, 13th January 2012, University of East London (UEL)

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Gamifying the University Library’. In: Online Information Conference 2011, 29th November - 1st December 2011, London

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Phones, Slates, Netbooks & Desktop computers: Information use across devices’. In: Empowering the digital natives, 20th October, National Railway Museum, York

Walsh, A. and Godwin, P. (2011) ‘It’s just not the same : mobile information literacy’. In: The Third International m-libraries Conference, 11th - 13th May 2011, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Martini Information Literacy: How does “anytime, anyplace, anywhere” access to information change what Information Literacy means?’. In: LILAC 2011, 18-20 April 2011, British Library, London

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Using active learning techniques in information literacy instruction’. In: LILAC 2011, 18-20 April 2011, British Library, London

Walsh, A (2011) ‘Mobile Information Literacy: Mobilising existing models?’. In: Handheld Librarian 4, 23rd - 24th Feb 2011, Online

Walsh, A (2010) ‘What's stopping us? An early adopter considers how to get more from the technology.’. In: RFID in Libraries Conference 2010, 9th November 2010, London

Walsh, A (2010) ‘It's all on the go: what mobile technologies do we need to be taking advantage of?’. In: Getting your hands digitally dirty in the library, 14 October 2010, The Source, Sheffield

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Setting Reference Free: Reference services for the mobile age’. In: A Reference Renaissance 2010: Inventing the Future, 9th - 10th August 2010, Denver, Colorado

Walsh, A (2010) ‘University of Huddersfield library or @hudlib? Moving the library into Facebook, Twitter and more...’. In: Social networking in libraries, MmIT event, 9th July 2010, Liverpool

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Mobile phones in the library at the University of Huddersfield’. In: SCONUL Conference 2010, 16-18 June 2010, The Queens, City Square, Leeds

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Blurring the boundaries between our physical and electronic libraries’. In: Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries (emtacl) conference 2010, 26th April - 28th April 2010, Trondheim, Norway

Walsh, A (2010) ‘QR Codes: using mobile phones to deliver library instruction and help at the point of need’. In: LILAC 2010, 29-31st March 2010, Limerick

Walsh, A (2010) ‘Blurring the boundaries between our physical and electronic libraries’. In: Handheld Librarian Conference 2010, 17th-18th February 2010, Online

Walsh, A (2009) ‘QR Codes, text a librarian and more - conference presentation at "Extreme Makeover: Transforming the face of your Library Service."’. In: Extreme Makeover: Transforming the face of your Library Service, 25th October 2009, Leeds, UK

Walsh, A (2009) ‘If they won’t turn them off, we might as well use them: Using mobile 'phones in information skills sessions’. In: LILAC 2009, 30th March - 1st April 2009, Cardiff

Walsh, A. and Munks, S. (2008) ‘Crosswords, Library Bingo and Quizzes: getting more active learning into our teaching’. In: LILAC 2008, 17th - 19th March 2008, Liverpool John Moores

Walsh, A (2008) ‘Inspire and improving access to libraries’. In: Shall we dance? Universities Working in Partnership with their Wider Communities, 6th February 2008, Meadowhall, Sheffield


Walsh, A (2015) Innovative pedagogies series: Game based learning and IT literacy York: Higher Education Academy

Walsh, A (2006) Assessing the Potential for, and needs of, Cross-Sectoral, Local Collaborative Access Schemes in the Yorkshire and Humber Region Leeds: Yorkshire Museum Libraries and Archives Council (YMLAC)

Teaching Resource

Walsh, A (2014) APA 6th Referencing sequence game [Teaching Resource]

Walsh, A (2012) SOURCES - the game. [Teaching Resource]

Walsh, A. and Williamson, T. (2012) SOURCES - the game. [Teaching Resource]

Walsh, A (2012) SEEK! The search skills game [Teaching Resource]

Walsh, A. and Williamson, T. (2012) SEEK! The search skills game [Teaching Resource]


Walsh, A (2010) Summon quick tutorial [Video]