Zink holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history, an M.L.S., and a Ph.D. in information systems science. He is the author of four books and over 120 other publications. For 20 years, Zink served as the editor in chief of an Elsevier-Science bimonthly journal on information policy; he remains an active board member of other scholarly journals.
Zink is a multiple NSF grant awardee as well as the recipient of numerous honors, recognition, and awards for his publications and professional service. He was a frequent speaker/instructor in the areas of information technology, management, and national information policy. He continues to advise publishers, information services and technology firms, government agencies, and education institutions.