Catherine Smith, Ph.D.

Catherine L. Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Catherine L. Smith, Ph.D., joined the SLIS faculty in 2010. Previously she had been a post-doctoral research associate at Rutgers University, working as co-PI with Dr. Nina Wacholder on a study funded by a Google Research Award. She completed her Ph.D. in Information Science at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information; she also received a Certificate in Cognitive Science from the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, an MBA from Simmons College, Boston, and a B.A. from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Her research bridges information retrieval and human-computer interaction, centering on the psychology of interactive search and the design of adaptive search systems. She also is interested in search expertise and the design of systems that help users gain search skills. Smith designed, developed and launched the International Documentary Library Service, a database-driven digital library for documentary film, television and radio. Her experience also includes management in various capacities in banking and investment services, including systems, operations, marketing, and business strategy, for BankBoston.

For a full list of publications, visit my Google Scholar page or on ResearchGate.



Applied Data Science Data/Information/Technology User Experience In Libraries, Archives and Museums


Ph.D., Rutgers University:, M.B.A., Simmons College, Boston:, B.A., Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York


Psychology of Information Search, Search Behavior / Expertise / Education, Design of interactive Retrieval Systems, Digital Libraries


  • Smith, C. & Matteson, M. (2018). Information Literacy in the Age of Machines that Learn: Desiderata for Machines that Teach. Libri, 68(2), pp. 71-84. Retrieved 15 Oct. 2019, from doi:10.1515/libri-2017-0025
  • Catherine L. Smith, Jacek Gwizdka, Henry Feild, The use of query auto-completion over the course of search sessions with multifaceted information needs, Information Processing & Management, Volume 53, 2017,
  • Smith, C. L. (2017), Domain‐independent search expertise: Gaining knowledge in query formulation through guided practice. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68: 1462-1479. doi:10.1002/asi.23776