Bill Edgar, Ph.D., is an adjunct instructor for both the Knowledge Management program and Library and Information Science degree programs. Edgar has extensive experience teaching in the field of Library and Information Science. He has taught Business Information Sources, the Planning and Evaluation of Library Services, and a seminar in the Management of Libraries. Prior to teaching at Kent State, Edgar taught courses in the field of Library and Information Science at Missouri State University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Alabama.
Edgar’s research interests lie in the strategic management of corporations and their competitive competencies. He has multiple publications on the management of libraries and other organizations. He has worked as a research and instructional librarian, government information librarian, an academic library manager, and a corporate professional.
*The School of Information faculty are superstars in the field. Therefore, it is impossible to list all of the work they do on one page. Listed below is a small selection of Dr. Edgar’s recent work. Further information can be viewed in Dr. Edgar's CV (found below) or on his LinkedIn profile.
Library & Information Science
KM 60301 Foundational Principles of Knowledge Management
LIS 60618 Information Literacy Initiatives and Instruction
Edgar, W. B. (2019). From industrialization to postmodernism: An Ozarks epilogue. In P. Durham & T. Peters (Eds.), TechnOzarks: Essays in technology, regional economy, and culture. ISBN: 978-1732122222
Edgar, W. B, & Lockwood, C. A. (2012). Understanding, finding, and conceptualizing core competence depth: A framework, guide, and generalization for corporate managers and research professionals. Academy of Strategic Management Journal, 11(2), 63-93. https://www.abacademies.org/articles/asmjvol11no22012.pdf
Edgar, W. B. (2007). Corporate library resource selection: Exploring its support for corporate core competencies. The Library Quarterly, 74(2), 385-408. https://doi.org/10.1086/520996
Edgar, W. B. (2006). Questioning LibQUAL+: Critiquing its assessment of academic library effectiveness. In Proceedings of the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST): Shaping the Digital Future for All, 1-17. http://eprints.rclis.org/8648/
Reviewer for the ALA’s Jesse H. Sherra Publication Award and the Doctoral Dissertation Award (2016 - 2018)
Served as Secretary and Treasurer for ASIS&T’s Management Special Interest Group (2018 - Present), Chairperson Emeritus (2016 - 2017), Chairperson (2002 - 2006, 2009 - 2016)
Served on the Membership Committee for ASIS&T (2015 - 2017), Chairperson (2013 - 2015)
Reviewer for ASIS&T’s Annual Conference (2014)
Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
American Library Association (ALA)
Ph.D in Library and Information Studies with a focus in Library Management and Effectiveness from the University of Alabama, M.L.S. from the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill