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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Mingyan Li: Home


I am the Metadata Librarian and Clinical Assistant Professor of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library. I joined UIC as a faculty member in Feburary 2016. Before UIC, I worked as a professional librarian in Library Technical Services for over ten years in various types of libraries including special library, public library and academic libraries.

I received my Master of Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I also hold a Master of Computer and Information System from Bradley University.


I am currently serving as the Co-Vice Chair of ALCTS RPLTS Interest Group. I am a member of the American Library Association,  the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services and Chinese American Librarians Association.


I perform original and complex cataloging of a wide variety of library materials, including Special Collections such as Health Sciences Collection,  Government Documentation Collection, and other unique items. I develop workflows and provide staff training regarding cataloging and metadata creation and maintenance. I also lead the effort of creating non-MARC metadata guideline and metadata cleanup.

Research Interest

My scholarly research interests are focused on information representation and access, metadata, linked data and scholarly communication.


American Library Association Annual Conference - Orlando, Florida, June 25, 2016: "Right-sizing the Government Documents Collection : How Technical Services is Essential." co-presenter with Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago.

American Library Association Conference, CALA Poster session - Orlando, Florida, June 26, 2016: “Create Online Federal Depository Collection, Case Study."

Chinese American Library Association Midwest Chapter Annual Program - South Bend, Indiana, May 13, 2016: "Customize your search for your patron."

CALA Annual Program at ALA Annual Conference, Poster session - San Francisco, California. June 25, 2015. "CALA Academic Resources System." Co-presenter.

On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners, Springfield, Illinois, August 10, 2014: "Building Partnerships Supporting Non-Native Language Speakers." Co-presenter.

Metadata Librarian

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Mingyan Li
801 S. Morgan Street,
Chicago IL 60607
(312) 996-3040