About Me

Professional Bio

Shirley Zhao is currently the Data Science Librarian at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, where she teaches information/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 data science; research reproducibility; open science; research impact; and science communication.

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 seeks 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.

More information about Shirley can be found on her website: https://shirl0207.wordpress.com/. Follow her on Twitter @zhao_shirley.

Curriculum Vitae

The latest version is on Overleaf, where there is an option to download it as a PDF.

Research Areas & Interests

Data Science data/information visualization, big data, data management, reproducibility
Research Impact bibliometrics, altmetrics, impact assessment
Scholarly Communication alternative publishing models, open access, open data, open science
Education educational technologies, teaching techniques & assessment, open education

Master’s Thesis

Two Proposals for a New Publishing and Reviewing System in Computer Science (PDF).

Recreational Interests and Hobbies

  • Folding origami, especially modular forms and stars
  • Cooking different cuisine and making desserts
  • Reading mysteries, science fiction, and popular science novels
  • Learning to play the ukulele
  • Light hiking and snowshoeing

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