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.
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|
- Based on my advisor’s pamphlet on A New Publishing Model in Computer Science
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