John D. Edwards, 1953 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2021

Significant AALL Service

John Edwards

  • Chair, Awards Committee, 1987–88
  • President, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, 1995–96
  • Chair, Grants Committee, 1996–97
  • Chair, Scholarships Committee, 1998–99
  • Chair, Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Committee, 2008–09
  • Vice-Chair, AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award Jury, 2020–21
  • Chair, AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award Jury, 2021–22

Professional Honors & Awards

  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2021

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Affirmative Action in Special Libraries and Information Centers.” In Librarians’ Affirmative Action Handbook, edited by John H. Harvey and Elizabeth M. Dickinson, 137–146. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1983 (with Laura N. Gasaway).
  • Frank G. Houdek, Introducing the American Association of Law Libraries. Rochester, NY: Lawyers Co-Operative Pub. Co., 1983 (as contributing editor).
  • “A Staff Exchange Program: Mid-America’s Experience,” Law Library Journal 76 (1983): 402–13.
  • “LEXIS and WESTLAW Instruction in the Law School,” Law Library Journal 76 (1983): 605–31.
  • “Book Losses and Mutilation in Law School Libraries,” Law Library Journal 78 (1986): 443–64.
  • “LEXIS and WESTLAW Training Centers: Law School Opportunities,” Law Library Journal 80 (1988): 457–72.
  • “Elder Law,” Bowker’s Legal Publishing Review 3 (1991): 297–304.
  • “Teaching Legal Research: Evaluating Options.” In Expert Views on Improving the Quality of Legal Research Instruction in the United States, 29–36. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Company, 1992.
  • “Memorial: Ellen Kaye Stoppel,” Law Library Journal 85 (1993): 681–83.
  • “Planning and Constructing Law School Buildings: Ten Basic Guidelines,” Law Library Journal 90 (1998): 423–45.
  • Emerging Solutions in Reference Services: Implications for Libraries in the New Millennium, editor. Binghamton, NY : Haworth Information Press, 2001. Also published as Legal Reference Services Quarterly 19, no. 1-2 (2001): 1–219.
  • Iowa Legal Research Guide. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., 2003.
  • Iowa Legal Research. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2011 (with Sara Lowe, Karen Wallace and Melissa Weresh).
  • Basic Legal Research Workbook. Rev. 4th ed. New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2015 (with Amy Sloan and Steven D. Schwinn).
  • Iowa Legal Research. 2d ed. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2016 (with Karen Wallace and Melissa Weresh).
  • Basic Legal Research Workbook. 5th ed. New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2016 (with Amy Sloan and Steven D. Schwinn).
  • Basic Legal Research Workbook. Rev. 5th ed. New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2020 (with Amy Sloan and Steven D. Schwinn).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • John D. Edwards, “AALL: 1980,” in Frank G. Houdek, “Stories of ‘My First Annual Meeting,'” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 31–33.
  • John D. Edwards Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick Kehoe, September 29, 2016, video recording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
  • James E. Duggan, “Introducing the 2021 AALL Hall of Fame Inductees: John D. Edwards, Michele Finerty, and Kevin M. Marmion,” AALL Spectrum 25 (July/August 2021): 44–46.

Professional Positions

  • Program Director, Legal Research, and Librarian I, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1979–80
  • Public Services Librarian, University of Oklahoma Law Library, 1980
  • Associate Law Librarian, University of Oklahoma Law Library, 1981–84
  • Acting Director, University of Oklahoma Law Library, February–August 1983
  • Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Drake University Law Library, 1984–present
  • Director of Legal Research and Writing, Drake University School of Law, 1986–2007
  • Associate Dean for Information Resources and Technology, Drake University School of Law, 2005–present
  • Director of Legal Research, Drake University School of Law, 2007–present

Education

  • B.A., Southeast Missouri State University, 1975
  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1977
  • M.A.L.S., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Library and Information Science, 1979

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to practice, Missouri, 1978
  • Member, Electronic Research Committee, Iowa State Bar Association, 1984–91
  • Chair, Mid-America Law Library Consortium, 1986–88, 2006–08
  • Member, City Council, Clive Iowa, 1995–present
  • Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees, Des Moines, Iowa, 1996–2007
  • Mayor pro tem, Clive, Iowa, 1998–2005, 2009–11, 2013–present
  • Member, Legal Reference Services Quarterly Board of Advisors, 2002–present
  • Member, Accreditation Site Evaluation Teams, ABA, 2006–18
  • Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Clive, Iowa, 2019