Shirley Lew is the Dean, School of Arts and Sciences at Vancouver Community College (VCC). Her professional background is as a librarian. She has been an active member of the library community for over twenty years, in leadership positions and in province-wide initiatives such as Digital BC. She was also adjunct faculty in the library program at UBC. Prior to a career in libraries, she was a bookseller in Vancouver for over ten years.
Shirley has served on the boards of Vancouver Writers Fest and West Coast Book Prizes Society, and for two years was a juror for the City of Vancouver Book Awards. She was President of BC Libraries Association and is currently a Director on the BC Libraries Cooperative board. She co-edited the collection Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership, published in 2017, and contributed one of the essays. With her co-editor, Shirley was recognized with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Significant Achievement Award in 2018 for her work.
Shirley has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography and a Master of Library & Information Studies. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education at UBC.