Soo Young Rieh


Soo Young Rieh is Professor and Associate Dean for Education in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research areas include human information behavior, web searching behavior, human information interaction, and information literacy. She has made contributions to the field of information science by initiating and conducting research pursuing two distinct research agendas: credibility assessment in information seeking and searching as learning. 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 conceptualizing searching as a learning process through the concept of comprehensive search. She also has conducted research on assessing learning outcomes in web searching. Her long-term research goal is to design learning-centric search systems that facilitate human learning and support critical thinking and creativity by expanding searchers' use of information-literate actions such as evaluating, comparing, and differentiating the value of information across multiple sources. Her research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the MacArthur Foundation, and Brainly, Inc.

Rieh was elected as a Director-at-large to the Board of Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in 2017. She has been a member of the Steering Committee for ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR) since 2018. She is an Associate Editor for a new journal, Information and Learning Sciences published by Emerald. She also has served 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.

Rieh is a recipient of several research awards including Best JASIST Paper Award (2005, 2011), ACM SIGIR CHIIR Honorable Mention (2019), ASIS&T Best Conference Paper Award (2010), ASIS&T SIGUSE Award for Best Information Behavior Conference Paper (2007, 2015), and Eugene Garfield-ALISE Doctoral Dissertation Award (2002). Before joining the faculty of School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, she spent 17 years as a faculty member in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where she also served as Director of the Master of Science in Information (MSI) Program from 2014 to 2017. Rieh was Human Factors Research Engineer at the Excite@Home Search and Directory Group from 2000 to 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Library Studies from Rutgers University in 2000.


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

Areas Of Specialization

Interactive Information Retrieval
Cognitive Authority
Web Searching Behavior
Information Credibility
Search as Learning
Information Behavior
Information Literacy

Recent Publications

Smith, C. L. and Rieh, S. Y. (2019). Knowledge-Context in search systems: Toward information-literate actions. Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval (CHIIR 19), 55-62.

Eisenhauer, E. R., Tait, A. R., Rieh, S. Y., & Arslanian-Engoren, C. M. (2019). Participants Understanding of Informed Consent for Biobanking: A Systematic Review. Clinical Nursing Research, 28(1), 3051.

Soo Young Rieh, Erik Choi, Katie Sagan, and Jennifer Colby. 2017. Beyond Questioning and Answering: Teens' Learning Experiences and Benefits of Social Q&A Services. In Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '17 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 295-298. DOI:

Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Soo Young Rieh, Carl C. Haynes, and Rohail Syed. 2016. Assessing Learning Outcomes in Web Search: A Comparison of Tasks and Query Strategies. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM on Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 163-172. DOI:

Rieh, S. Y., Collins-Thompson, K., Hansen, P., & Lee, H.-J. (2016). Towards searching as a learning process: A review of current perspectives and future directions. Journal of Information Science, 42(1), 1934.

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Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2022SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science User Behavior & Search Experience
2021FallINF 391FAdvanced Topics in Research Methods, Methodologies, and Design Qualitative Research Methods
2021SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science User Behavior and Search Experience
2020FallINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2020FallINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2020SpringINF 382CUnderstanding and Serving Users