About Me

Professional Bio

Shirley Zhao currently works remotely as an Assistant Librarian (Clinical) at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She has taught workshops and courses on information/data literacy, data management, and reproducible research practices both in-person and online. She also works on evidence retrieval and synthesis projects through literature searching, reference management, and protocol development. Shirley consults on issues in scholarly communication, publishing, and research software/tools. She monitors new developments in data science; reproducibility; open science; research impact; and science policy.

Shirley’s latest research projects are (1) a study of developing data-ready information professionals and (2) an autoethnographic study of remote work. She has published and spoken at professional meetings on library services for research data management and reproducibility. She recently co-organized a free virtual online conference for librarians supporting reproducibility and is teaching an online course on going beyond research data management services.

Shirley 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, she is a big fan of local cafes and seeks out new ones wherever she goes looking for the perfect balance of espresso/tea offerings and workspace ambiance. She currently lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and toddler.

Visit Shirley’s website at https://shirl0207.wordpress.com/ and 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

Scholarly Communication open access, open data, open science, copyright/fair use
Data Science data/information visualization, big data, data management, reproducibility
Research Impact bibliometrics, altmetrics, impact assessment
Education educational technologies, teaching techniques & assessment, open education
Autoethnography telecommuting/remote work

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 books
  • Learning to play the ukulele
  • Light hiking and snowshoeing

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