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Ya-Ling Lu: Staff Profile

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Informationist/Biomedical Librarian

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm



National Institutes of Health Library

Division of Library Services

Office of Research Services

Bldg 10, Rm 1L09D, 10 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892 USA

TEL: 301-594-6275



NIH Library LibGuides

A listing of LibGuides (i.e., subject guides) developed by NIH Library staff. You will find useful tips and tricks, new resources, and other useful information on these guides.

About Ya-Ling

Ya-Ling joined the NIH Library in 2014 from the faculty of the Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, where she taught courses and conducted research in the areas of information-related behavior and user services. Ya-Ling has an undergraduate and master's degre from Tamkang University in Taiwan. She earned her MLIS and PhD from UCLA.


What Ya-Ling Can Do For You

At NIH Library, Ya-Ling provides research support services related to bilbiometrics. Some topics include:

  • publication productivity
  • collaboration and co-author network
  • research topics
  • citation impact

Ya-Ling is also exploring alternative metrics and welcome communications from interested parties. Her other professional interests include user behaviors, bibliotherapy and children's literature.

What is Bibliometrics?

  • The branch of library science concerned with the application of mathematical and statistical analysis to bibliography; the statistical analysis of books, articles, or other publications. ("bibliometrics, n.". OED Online. December 2011. Oxford University Press.)
  • The application of statistical methods to the study of bibliographic data ("bibliometrics, n." Merrian-Webster Online, July 2014.)
  • Scientometrics is the branch of information science concerned with the application of bibliometrics to the study of the spread of scientific ideas; the bibliometric analysis of science. ("scientometrics, n.". OED Online. December 2011. Oxford University Press.)
  • Alternative metrics (altmetrics): Almetrics cover not just citation counts, but also aspects of the impact of a work, such as views, downloads, mentions in social media and news media, etc. ("altmetrics," Wikipedia)

Sample co-author network visual

For Librarians


An Open Access toolkit to support bibliometrics training and awareness offered by four Irish academic libraries (Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and University College Dublin) and funded by the Irish National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR).

Most materials are available under Creative Commons license, enabling you to select, edit and re-package them to suit your local needs.