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Soo Young Rieh honored with Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award

Friday, 07/19/2019

Soo Young Rieh
Soo Young Rieh

Soo Young Rieh, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, has been selected to receive the 2019 Association for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group Information Needs, Seeking and Use (ASIS&T SIG-USE) Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award.

The annual award recognizes an individual’s lifetime of achievements that have had significant impact on the field of information behavior research. Recipients are inducted into the ASIS&T SIG-USE Academy of Fellows. 

“I am grateful for this recognition from the SIG-USE research community which has been a big and important part of my research journey,” says Rieh. “I know that it is not just my sole effort that has brought me here. Indeed, it took a village to reach this milestone in my career. I have been blessed to be able to work with my advisor, mentors, senior researchers, peers, and students for whom I have the deepest respect.”

Rieh’s research areas include human information 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. 

"She is now the recognized authority on how and why people judge authority and credibility in Web search,” wrote a peer in a letter nominating Rieh for the award. “Professor Rieh not only initiated the [credibility in information seeking] area, but she has been one of the most consistent and significant contributors to it."

In recent years, her research has focused on developing a conceptual framework of searching as learning, including research on assessing learning outcomes in web searching. Her long-term research goal is to design search systems that support critical thinking and creativity. 

Rieh’s previous honors include nine best paper awards. She is one of only four researchers to have won the Best JASIS&T Paper Award twice. One of her winning papers was selected as one of seven JASIS&T Best Papers of the Decade.

The award will be presented at the SIG-USE Symposium of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia in October, 2019. 


- UMSI News Service