Yuan Li is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Princeton University, where she manages the Princeton University Library's efforts to support scholarly publication innovations and reforms, and supervises and coordinates activities related to the Princeton Open Access policy and the Princeton Institutional Repository.

Her research interests focus on the changing landscaping of scholarly communication, open access, digital preservation, data management and curation, new models of digital publishing and digital library in large. Yuan has published peer-reviewed articles and presented in many meetings and conferences across the country. Her D-Lib article has been mentioned in Roy Tennant's monthly roundup of the best in internet technology writing and used in syllabus for Digital Libraries course at Simmons College.

Prior to joining Princeton, she served as the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Syracuse University, the Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Rhode Island, and the Digital Repository Librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Yuan has a Master degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Engineering degree in Applied Computer Science from the National Computer System Engineering Research Institute of China and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Technology from Yanshan University (China).