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information seeking behaviour; interactive information retrieval

1995 …2023
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Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

I work in the area of information seeking and retrieval; understanding how (and why) people search for information and how electronic systems might help them search more successfully. This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling of information access systems, empirical research on interfaces and user interaction and research on the methodology of evaluating information access systems.

Recent research has included interface design research to help children search for information, information seeking studies on information poverty within marginalised groups and studies on how people use online information to create a sense of happiness.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • information seeking theory
  • interface design for information access
  • user studies

Teaching Interests

  • information retrieval
  • information seeking
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Master of Science, University of Birmingham

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 1995 2019

Dynamic aspects of relevance: differences in users' relevance criteria between selecting and viewing videos during leisure searches

Albassam, S. A. A. & Ruthven, I., 27 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Information Research. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
information retrieval
content analysis

Editorial note for special issue on the evaluation of digital cultural resources

Economou, M., Ruthven, I., Galani, A., Dobreva, M. & de Niet, M., 28 Feb 2019, In : Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH). 12, 1, 3 p., 1e.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Analog to digital conversion
Application programs



An ethnographic investigation of information seeking in the primary classroom

Author: Nicol, E., 1 Jul 2006

Supervisor: Landoni, M. (Supervisor) & Ruthven, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Ian Ruthven (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

JASIST Best Paper Award 2019

Cara Jardine (Recipient), Ian Ruthven (Recipient) & Steven Buchanan (Recipient), 2 Oct 0002

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Information science

Activities 2005 2017

  • 7 Editorial board member
  • 4 Membership of committee
  • 3 Organiser of major conference
  • 2 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

Scottish Library and Information Council (External organisation)

Ian Ruthven (Advisor)
1 Nov 201731 Oct 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

ISIC : The Information Behaviour Conference

Ian Ruthven (Keynote/plenary speaker)
20 Sep 201623 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences


Improved user experience of the Europeana Digital Library through user-centred evaluations

Ian Ruthven (Participant), Milena Dobreva (Participant), Emma Graham (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debate


Understanding the Information Needs of Young First Time Mothers from Areas of Multiple Deprivation

Steven Buchanan (Participant), Ian Ruthven (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalHealth and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards