Portrait of Yunshan Ye

Please enjoy this interview with one of the Librarians of Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries: Yunshan Ye!

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Yunshan Ye, and I am librarian of Political Science, International Studies and East Asian Studies.

Tell us a little about your background. 

I am an Asian Studies specialist by training and author of ALA Guide to Researching Modern China (2014). My current job covers mostly research in social sciences. I am also interested in bibliometics and data visualization.

What is part of your job that people may not know about?

I am a librarian but spend a lot of time teaching. I teach a 1 credit course each fall and spring semester on library research and grant writing.

What’s the best part about being a librarian?

Helping students succeed.

What is your favorite hobby?


You have to eat the same thing every day for the rest of your life. What is it?

Whatever my wife cares to cook. I would not complain.

Beach or Mountains? Why?

Mountains. Most hikers are introvert and they keep distance from each other, which I like.

If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? Why? 

I would probably be a creative writer. Writing is something I always enjoy doing.

Coke or Pepsi?

Neither. We don’t drink sugary drinks in my house.