- BA, Mathematics, Smith College
- MS, Library & Information Science, Long Island University
- MS, Mathematics, New York University. Project: Two Proposals for a New Publishing and Reviewing System in Computer Science
Shirley Zhao is currently the Data Science Librarian at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, where she teaches information and data literacy and science communication skills and raises awareness about current trends in scholarly communication and publishing, especially in academia, the health science fields, and librarianship. Her interests include bibliometrics, alternative publishing models, digital scholarship, science communication, data science, and data visualization. She was previously the Physical Sciences Librarian at Dartmouth College and holds a BA (mathematics major, chemistry minor) from Smith College, a MSLIS from Long Island University, and a MS (mathematics) from New York University.
Originally from New York City, Shirley is a big fan of local cafes and is always trying out new ones looking for the perfect balance of espresso/tea offerings and workspace ambiance. She and her husband enjoy playing board games, practicing yoga, and exploring the Wasatch Front through hiking, snowshoeing, and recently cross-country skiing.