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About Jill Hurst-Wahl

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Jill Hurst-Wahl

It is easy to say that Jill Hurst-Wahl is a speaker, writer, researcher, educator, and consultant. The truth is she is a person who has worn many "hats" and thus brings a range of skills to whatever she does. Jill is:

  • someone who has spent her entire career at the intersection of technology and information. Both run through everything she has done and continues to do.

  • a results-driven facilitator and project manager.

  • interested in innovation, developing new ideas, and teaching others how to brainstorm effectively.

  • frequently a coach or mentor to new information professionals.

  • an information professional who enjoys digging into business questions and helping organization discern the answers.

  • well-versed in U.S. copyright law. She provides training and advisory services related to applying copyright law in different situations, including in libraries.

  • a former academic and now professor emerita in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, where she taught and held leadership positions.

  • the co-author of The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook: Define and Create Your Success, which she wrote with Ulla de Stricker.

Conscientious and holistic in her approach.

Consistently produces tremendous insights

Short Bio: Jill Hurst-Wahl is a consultant, speaker, writer, researcher, and educator. She is president of Hurst Associates, Ltd., which works with a broad range of organizations. Jill is professor emerita in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, where she taught graduate M.S. Library and Information Science (MSLIS) courses, including “Copyright for Information Professionals.” She is a former director of the iSchool MSLIS program. Prior to joining SU, Jill worked as an IT professional, corporate librarian, and information consultant. She is a current member of the Onondaga County Public Library Board of Trustees, EveryLibrary Institute, and Library Futures. She is a former member of the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors, the NYS Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, and the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council. Jill is the 2021 recipient of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) highest honor, John Cotton Dana Award, which is given in recognition of a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession. She blogs at

Longer Bio: For much more information on Jill's career, look at her CV.