Soo Young Rieh

4373 North Quad
Associate Professor of Information, School of Information


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 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. 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.

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).

Areas of interest

Information behavior
Web searching behavior
Information credibility and cognitive authority
Search as learning
Interactive information retrieval
Information literacy

Honors & Awards

ASIS&T SIG USE Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award for "Social search behavior in a social Q&A service: Goals, strategies, and outcomes." 2015.

ASIS&T SIG USE Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award for “Dual roles in information mediation at work: Analysis of advice-receiving and advice-providing diary surveys.” 2012.

Best JASIST Paper Award for “The Seventeen theoretical constructs of information searching and information retrieval.” 2011.

ASIS&T Best Conference Paper Award for “A diary study of credibility assessment in everyday life information activities on the Web: Preliminary findings.” 2010.

ASIS&T SIG USE Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award for “Toward an integrated framework of information and communication behavior: College students’ information resources and media selection.” 2007

Best JASIST Paper Award for “On the web at home: Information seeking and web searching in the home environment.” 2005.


Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University

Research Projects