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LIU Palmer School Grad Becomes Ivy League Librarian

Shirley Zhao earned master’s degrees at LIU & NYU in unique dual degree program, accepts position at Dartmouth College library


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Shirley ZhaoBrookville, N.Y. -- Shirley Zhao majored in math as an undergraduate at Smith College, but she discovered her true calling while working in a student job at the college library. "The staff there encouraged me to go to library school," the Brooklyn native said. "But I didn't want to work in a public library. I wanted to stay in academics."

After graduation, "I found this dual degree program which seemed like the perfect opportunity," she said. "It allowed me to get a master's degree in library science and another one in an academic subject at the same time."

The program was the dual master's degree offered by Long Island University's Palmer School of Library and Information Science and New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Science. This unique, 52-credit dual master's degree program prepares students for highly sought-after positions as subject specialists or scholar-librarians in academic and research institutions or in the information industry.

For Zhao, the program led to a position as a librarian at Dartmouth College.

"Interactions with professors from LIU and NYU and mentorship by NYU librarians made this program a truly unique and life-changing experience," she said.

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Posted 09/14/2012

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