Ye Li

Ye Li ( is the Librarian for Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries. Ye earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry and M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa in 2009. In the same year, she started her career as a chemistry librarian at the University of Michigan. She then led scholarly communications initiatives at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) from 2016 to 2018. Ye is the Chair-elect 2022 and Chair 2023 of the Division of Chemical Information, American Chemical Society (ACS-CINF). She also served as the Program Committee Chair 2020-2021 of ACS-CINF and the Chair 2015 of the Chemistry Division, Special Library Association (SLA-DCHE). Ye has also been active in the community of Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute, where she served as a member in the Program Committee and the Executive Committee as well as the Chair of the Archive Committee.

Through research, teaching, and partnership with researchers and students, Ye has established her expertise in chemical information literacy, data management and sharing, as well as open and reproducible research and publishing. She is currently exploring librarians’ roles in fostering computational access and use of data and texts, cultivating good data practices among chemists and materials scientists, as well as enabling FAIR data sharing. She has presented numerous times at conferences like ACS Meetings and co-organized 10+ symposia covering topics such as Educating Chemists on Data Science and Cheminformatics Skills, Cultivating good data practices among chemists, Open Access landscape and future directions, Chemical information literacy, FAIR Chemistry Data, and Wikipedia Contribution in Chemistry etc. Ye has also been an active Carpentries instructor and she initiated local learning communities for basic programming skills and reproducible research workflows at MIT and Mines. Ye is passionate about improving the infrastructure and cultivating good practices for research data and information with the goal to accelerate discovery while sustaining equity, diversity and inclusivity in science and engineering.

  •        Daniel A. Gorelick, Ye Li. Reducing Open Access Publication Costs for Biomedical Researchers, MIT Science Policy Review, 2021, DOI:10.38105/spr.4nu1qfjf3t
  •        Ye Li. Open Access. In ACS Guide to Scholarly Communications, Banik, G. M.;  Baysinger, G.;  Kamat, P.; Pienta, N., Eds. American Chemical Society: 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acsguide.10501
  •        Sunghwan Kim, Ehren C Bucholtz, Kristin Briney, Andrew P. Cornell, Jordi Cuadros, Kristen D.Fulfer,Tanya Gupta, Evan Hepler-Smith, Dean H. Johnston, Andrew S.I.D. Lang, Delmar Larsen, Ye Li, Leah R. McEwen, Layne A. Morsch, Jennifer L. Muzyka, Robert E. Belford. Cheminformatics OLCC: An Intercollegiate Online Collaborative Chemistry Course. Journal of Chemical Education, 2020, 98(2): 416-425. DOI:10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c01035
  •        Ye Li, Charity Lovitt, Anne McNeil, Kristen Shuyler. Improving Information Literacy through Wikipedia Editing in the Chemistry Classroom: Lessons Learned. In Integrating Information Literacy into the Chemistry Curriculum, American Chemical Society: 2016; Vol. 1232, pp 247-264. DOI:10.1021/bk-2016-1232.ch013
  •        Charity Lovitt, Kristen Shuyler, Ye Li (Eds.). Integrating Library and Information Literacy into the Chemistry Curriculum: American Chemical Society: 2016. Vol. 1232. DOI:10.1021/bk-2016-1232
  •        Ginger Shultz, Ye Li. Student Development of Information Literacy Skills During Problem-based Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiments. Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93 (3), 413-422. highlighted as Editor’s Choice, DOI:10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00523