William Langston

Doctoral Student

PhD, Information Sciences, Illinois (in progress)

MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management

MS, Library and Information Science, Illinois

BA, Corporate Communication, Northern Illinois University

Research focus

My research focuses on the intersection of digital innovation and economic development. I want to lend solution-based expertise to initiatives concerning workforce & tech-talent development, new venture creation, and urban planning.

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians recipient, University of Minnesota Libraries, 2018
  • Local Vocal - iConference Social Media Expo Selection, 2014
  • Mix IT Up! Fellowship (UIUC)
  • ALA Spectrum Scholar, 2013-2014

Publications & Papers

Local Vocal: Where Design Thinking Meets Social Media and Creates Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship, iSchools, April 4, 2014.

Student Engagement is a Rewarding Necessity! BizLibratory [Blog

Student Engagement and Experiential Learning as a Way to Introduce Entrepreneurial Practices. BizLibratory [Blog]


9th Annual Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, "Beyond the Books: Libraries Pivot to Role as Hub in the Innovation Ecosystem" [Conference Session]. Online Presentation, June 2020.

2020 Spring Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Student Success, "Partnerships with Impact: Innovate State" [Conference Session]. Michigan State University, May 2020.

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