Soo Young Rieh

Associate Professor
School of Information, University of Michigan
4373 North Quad
105 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
Voice: +1 734-647-8040 Fax: +1 734-764-2475

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Soo Young Rieh is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan where she served as the Director of the Master of Science in Information (MSI) Program from 2014 to 2017. Her research areas includean indiv_formation behavior and web searching behavior, focusing on credibility assessment in the information seeking process. She has examined how to help people find credible information in online environments, and how people’s credibility assessments influence their information seeking strategies. In recent years, her research has focused on developing a conceptual framework of searching as learning. She has conducted research on assessing learning outcomes in web searching. Her long-term research goal is to design search systems that support critical thinking and creativity.

Her research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), MacArthur Foundation, and Brainly, Inc. She is a Principal Investigator of the “Library as Research Lab” Project funded by the IMLS (2017-2020). For this project, she works with University of Michigan administrators and librarians to increase engagement of School of Information Master’s students in critical research questions concerning the library. Every year, 12 MSI students and six librarians work on various research projects to assess how well academic libraries contributes to student learning, support research and scholarship, and respond to challenges in library services.

In 2017, Rieh was elected as a Director-at-large to the Board of Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). She is a member of the Steering Committee for ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR). She is an Associate Editor for a new journal, Information and Learning Science published by Emerald. She is also serving as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) and Library and Information Science Research. She co-edited the Journal of Information Science Special Issue on Recent Advances on Searching as Learning (February 2016).

She is a recipient of several research awards, including the Best JASIST Paper Award (2005, 2011), the ASIST Best Conference Paper Award (2010), the ASIST SIGUSE Award for Best Information Behavior Conference Paper (2007, 2015), the Eugene Garfield-ALISE Doctoral Dissertation Award (2002). Before joining the Michigan faculty in 2002, Rieh was a Human Factors Research Engineer at Excite@Home Search and Directory Group. She received her Ph.D. in information science from Rutgers University.

Teaching Schedule

Fall 2018: Sabbatical Leave

Winter 2019: Library and Archives Assessment (SI 699-09) Monday 2:30-5:30 pm

Recent Publications

Rieh, S. Y., Collins-Thompson, K., Hansen, P., & Lee, H-J (2016). Toward searching as a learning process: A review of current perspectives and future directions. Journal of Information Science, 42(1), 19-24.

Hansen, P. & Rieh, S. Y. (2016). Editorial: Recent advances on searching as learning: An introduction to the special issue. Journal of Information Science, 42(1), 3-6.

Collins-Thompson, K., Rieh, S. Y., Haynes, C. C., Syed, R. (2016). Assessing learning outcomes in web searching: A comparison of tasks and query strategies. Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR ’16), 163-172.

Jeon, G. YJ & Rieh, S. Y. (2015). Social search behavior in a social Q&A service: Goals, strategies, and outcomes. Proceedings of Annual Meeting of the ASIST. [ASIS&T SIGUSE Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award]

Rieh, S. Y. (2014). Credibility assessment of online information in context. Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice, 2(3), 6-17.

Markey, K., Leeder, C., & Rieh, S. Y. (2014). Designing Online Information Literacy Games Students Want to Play. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Rieh, S. Y., Jeon, G. YJ, Yang, J., & Lampe, C (2014). Audience-aware credibility: From understanding audience to establishing credible blogs. Proceedings of the Eight International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2014).

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