UIC librarian, area resident Lisa Zhao passes away at 65
May 6, 2016

Lisa Zhao.

Lisa Zhao.

Lisa Zhao, a resident of the Taylor Street area, teacher, librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and former president of the Chinese American Librarians Association, died March 22 of brain cancer. She was 65.

Ms. Zhao was an associate professor and library cataloger at UIC. A native of China, she came to the U.S. in 1986 as a master’s student at UIC and began her work at the library as a student.

She received her master’s degree from the department of mass communication and theater at UIC in 1988, then a master’s in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997. Ms. Zhao also had earned a bachelor’s degree in wireless telecommunication engineering in China.

Ms. Zhao was named associate professor and catalog librarian at the UIC Library in 1990. She published professional articles in English and Chinese on user privacy, library law, and cataloging. She mentored international students, presented at conferences, and developed innovative procedures that improved the UIC Library catalog system.

“Her legacy at UIC is our library’s catalog database, which provides access to our collections to people around the world,” said Gwen Gregory, UIC resource acquisition and management librarian. “She spent many years creating, editing, and improving catalog records.”

Ms. Zhou is survived by her husband, Xiayang Zhang, and their son, Alan Zhang. Services were April 2 at Dalcamo Funeral Home, followed by interment in Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery.
To make a donation to the family, log on to www.gofundme.com/9m3funfy. Mail cards, letters, and gifts to the Zhang Family, 1245 Westgate Terrace, Chicago, IL 60607.

To learn more about Ms. Zhao, see www.never-gone.com/Memorials/lisazhao.

— Susan S. Stevens and UIC News Center