Shirley K. Baker is Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries at Washington University in St. Louis. She serves on the University Council and leads the University's information technology planning effort.

Ms. Baker's professional activities focus on the uses of technology in higher education. She is the University's representative to EDUCAUSE, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and serves on its Steering Committee. She is a board member and president-elect of the Association of Research Libraries, and serves on the board of the Missouri Library Network Corporation, and on the Executive Committee of MOBIUS, a consortium of Missouri academic libraries.

Ms. Baker came to Washington University from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before MIT, Ms. Baker worked at Johns Hopkins and Northwestern universities. She earned her M.A. in library science and an M.A. in South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago, after having worked with computers in industry and serving a stint with the Peace Corps in India. She has a B.A. in economics from Muhlenberg College in her home state of Pennsylvania.

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