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Mary Edwards, MLIS, EdD: Something about Mary

This guide provides basic information about the services I provide, the subject areas and programs I work with as well as information about my research interests, education, and background.

Mary's Background

Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction                       Univ. of Florida                  December 2011

M.A. in Library and Information Science            Univ. of South Florida         December 2003

B.A. in History (Biology minor)                          Mercer University               May 2001

Graduate Certificate in:         

Online Teaching and Learning                           Univ. of Florida                  May 2008


Ongoing Research

My research interests include the intersection of technology and education.  I have ongoing projects involving synchronous library instruction for distant students, online information literacy instruction, and online embedded librarians. I'm also interested in all "new literacies" including visual, media, information, and digital and the intersection of those literacies. I'm interested in program evaluation and medical education topics.

My doctoral research focused on a mixed methods case study evaluation of the effectiveness of an embedded librarian program in an online health science course.  If you're interested in learning more about my project, you can read the full text of my dissertation entitled: Online Embedded Librarian Case Study: A Descriptive Evaluation  

Why I Became a Librarian...

"I had been working in the library as a student assistant for three years while studying history and taking pre-med classes. At my end of the third-year evaluation, my supervisor told me if I decided not to study medicine I should seriously consider library science because I enjoyed my work immensely and seemed to have a knack for it. All summer I thought about what my supervisor said and decided that medical librarianship suited me better than the practice of medicine.

I just wish I made that decision before I took organic chemistry..."

Mary E. Edwards, MLIS, EdD
Assistant University Librarian

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