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Jill Hurst-Wahl

Jill Hurst-Wahl

Associate Professor of Practice

208 Hinds Hall | Phone: (315) 443-1070

jahurst@syr.edu

overview

Throughout her career, Jill Hurst-Wahl has blended library science, information technology and entrepreneurship. During her career, Jill has:

  • worked in information technology as a trainer and a programmer/analyst. 
  • managed two corporate libraries.
  • started her own consulting practice.

Her current areas of interests include copyright, innovation, and the future of the profession.

Besides being an avid blogger, Jill is a frequent author and speaker. Jill is currently a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practice Council (2009 to present) and a member of the Onondaga County Public Library  Board of Trustees (Dec. 2016 to present).  She is a former member of the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors (2011-2013) and of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (2007-2012).

Jill was the director of the SU iSchool MSLIS program from 2012-2017, including its specialization in School Media (2013-2017).  During her tenure as program director, the MSLIS program had its ALA accreditation review and was received continued accreditation until 2022.

In 2012, Jill was honored with the Jeffrey Katzer Professor of the Year Award, which recognizes a full-time faculty member for outstanding teaching, advising and service.  In 2012, the recipient was selected by iSchool graduate students.  In 2007, Jill was honored as the "Minority Small Business" Champion by the Syracuse office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The Syracuse SBA office covers 34 counties in Upstate New York.  In 1993, she  received the  Distinguished Achievement Award from the South Central Research Library Council for work with the corporate librarians in the Southern Tier.

Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Jill has lived for more than half of her life in New York State.  She is graduate of Elmira College and received her MLS from the University of Maryland.

Videos:  Videos of Jill speaking include these... 

Short Bio: Jill Hurst-Wahl is a consultant, speaker, writer, researcher, and educator.  She is an associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, where she teaches graduate M.S. Library and Information Science (MSLIS) courses, including “Copyright for Information Professionals” and “Collection Development and Access.”  Besides teaching, she leads the iSchool Public Libraries Initiative, a research group focused on providing more information to public libraries about what they and their communities need. Jill is the former director of the iSchool M.S. Library and Information Science program, which includes MSLIS: School Media (2012-2017).  She is a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council (2009 to present) and the Onondaga County Public Library Board of Trustees (12/2016 to present).  She is a former member of the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors (2011-2013) and of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (2007-2012).  In 2019, Jill joined the board of the EveryLibrary Institute.  In addition to her work at SU, she is the president of Hurst Associates, Ltd., which works with a broad range of organizations.  A former corporate librarian, Jill has always been an advocate for expanding the career opportunities for LIS graduates.  She blogs at Digitization101.com.

personal

A resident of Central New York, Jill likes working in the yard to grow flowers, herbs and a few vegetables. She enjoys spicy foods and has become a connoisseur of hot sauces.

professional

Jill is active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and has held positions both at the local and association levels. Jill was member of the SLA Board of Directors (2011-2013) and served as a liaison to several SLA units and committees.  She is also a member of the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).Jill served on the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (2007-2012), which advises the Regents on policy and  other matters concerning libraries across the state.  IShe currently serves on USNY Technology Policy and Practice Council (2009 to present) and the Onondaga County Public Library Board of Trustees (Dec. 2016 to present).

research

In 2018, Jill began the iSchool Public Libraries Initiative (IPLI).  The iSchool Public Libraries Initiative (IPLI) is an intellectual home for iSchool faculty and students who are interested in researching public libraries, applying their research to public libraries, or using public library data in their research.

The IPLI supports research with the goal of providing more information to public libraries about what they and their communities need. The Initiative uses existing and original data in its work; drawing on public data about libraries as well as Initiative-originated qualitative and quantitative data to investigate the state of public libraries.

teaching

In the last few years, Jill has taught:
  • IST 600: Effective Search Techniques
  • IST 601: Information and Information Environments
  • IST 605: Information Resources: Users & Services
  • IST 613: Library Services Planning, Marketing & Assessment
  • IST 626: Business Information Resources & Strategic Intelligence
  • IST 635: Collection Development and Access
  • IST 677: Creating, Managing and Preserving Digital Assets
  • IST 735: Copyright for Information Professionals

Teaching


Teaching History - 2019-2020
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2019 IST614 M003 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2019 IST600 M400 Public Library as Institution
Spring 2020 IST735 M800 Copyright for Information Prof
Teaching History - 2018-2019
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2018 IST614 M003 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Fall 2018 IST635 M400 Collection Dev & Access
Fall 2018 IST735 M800 Copyright for Information Prof
Spring 2019 IST635 M400 Collection Dev & Access
Spring 2019 IST614 M002 Mngmt Prncpls for Info Profess
Teaching History - 2017-2018
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST635 M400 Collection Dev & Access
Spring 2018 IST635 M400 Collection Dev & Access
Teaching History - 2016-2017
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2016 IST605 M001 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Spring 2017 IST613 M002 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Spring 2017 IST735 M800 Copyright for Information Prof
Summer 2017 IST971 M802 Internship in Info Studies
Teaching History - 2015-2016
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2015 IST605 M001 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Spring 2016 IST613 M002 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Spring 2016 IST735 M800 Copyright for Information Prof
Teaching History - 2014-2015
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2014 IST735 M800 Copyright for Information Prof
Spring 2015 IST613 M002 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Teaching History - 2013-2014
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2013 IST605 M001 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Fall 2013 IST735 M800 Copyright for Information Prof
Spring 2014 IST613 M002 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Summer 2014 IST601 M030 Info. & Info Environments
Teaching History - 2012-2013
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2012 IST605 M001 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Fall 2012 IST735 M800 Copyright for Information Prof
Spring 2013 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
Spring 2013 IST613 M002 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Summer 2013 IST600 M019 Effective Search Techniques
Teaching History - 2011-2012
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2011 IST605 M001 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Fall 2011 IST605 M002 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Fall 2011 IST600 M804 Copyright
Fall 2011 IST600 M010 Effective Search Techniques
Spring 2012 IST677 M800 Creating Digital Assets
Spring 2012 IST613 M002 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Teaching History - 2010-2011
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2010 IST605 M001 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Fall 2010 IST605 M002 Reference& Info Literacy Svces
Fall 2010 IST626 M001 Bus Info Res & Strat Intel
Spring 2011 IST613 M001 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Spring 2011 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
Teaching History - 2009-2010
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2009 IST676 M001 Digital Libraries
Fall 2009 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
Fall 2009 IST626 M001 Bus Info Res & Strat Intel
Spring 2010 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
Spring 2010 IST613 M004 Library Plan., Mrktng, Assess
Spring 2010 IST600 M009 Copyright Law in the Dig. Age
Teaching History - 2008-2009
Semester Course Section Title
Spring 2009 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
Spring 2009 IST626 M001 Bus Info Res & Strat Intel
Teaching History - 2007-2008
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2007 IST840 M006 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2007 IST600 M008 Second Life and Librarianship
Spring 2008 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
Teaching History - 2006-2007
Semester Course Section Title
Spring 2007 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
Teaching History - 2005-2006
Semester Course Section Title
Spring 2006 IST677 M001 Creating Digital Assets
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