Christiane Behnert, M.A.


is a research assistant at the Department of Information at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Her primary areas of research are relevance and relevance behaviour, information searching behaviour and interactive information retrieval. At the moment she is working on her doctoral project “Relevance Clues” which aims to determine the criteria by which users of academic search systems assess a result’s relevance.

Christiane received her MA degree in Information Science in 2013 and her Diploma in Library Studies in 2009 from the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. During her Master studies, she worked as a student assistant at the Berlin Social Science Center Library, where she found research data management to be the subject of her Master Thesis.

Before that, she worked as a librarian at the University Library Greifswald and helped to develop the Digital Library of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Certified Librarian (Fachhochschule Potsdam, 2009),
M.A. Information Sciences (Fachhochschule Potsdam, 2013)

University Library Greifswald (2009 – 2012, Employee in the area of Digitalization),
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (2014 – today, research assistant)

Christiane Behnert on ResearchGate

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Design, Media & Information
Department of Information
Finkenau 35
22081 Hamburg
Room 258
Phone +49.40.428 75-3653

Functions + Committees: Member of the research committee of the faculty DMI


Journal articles

Christiane Behnert, Dirk Lewandowski, (2017) “A framework for designing retrieval effectiveness studies of library information systems using human relevance assessments“, Journal of Documentation, Vol. 73 Issue: 3, pp. 509-527, doi: 10.1108/JD-08-2016-0099

Behnert, C., & Borst, T. (2015): Neue Formen der Relevanz-Sortierung in bibliothekarischen Informationssystemen: Das DFG-Projekt LibRank. BIBLIOTHEK Forschung Und Praxis, 39(3), 1–10. DOI:10.1515/bfp-2015-0052

Behnert, C.; Lewandowski, D.: Ranking Search Results in Library Information Systems – Considering Ranking Approaches Adapted From Web Search Engines. Journal of Academic Librarianship 41(3), 725-735. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2015.07.010

Behnert, C., & Lewandowski, D. (2016). Known-item searches resulting in zero hits: Considerations for discovery systems. The Journal of Academic Librarianship. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.12.002

Conference articles

Behnert, C.: Relevance Clues – Developing an Experimental Design to Examine the Criteria Behind Relevance Judgments In: M. Gäde/V. Trkulja/V. Petras (Eds.): Everything Changes, Everything Stays the Same? Understanding Information Spaces. Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium of Information Science (ISI 2017), Berlin, 13th—15th March 2017. Glückstadt: Verlag Werner Hülsbusch.

Plassmeier, K.; Borst, T.; Behnert, C.; Lewandowski, D.: Evaluating Popularity Data for Relevance Ranking in Library Information Systems. Proceedings of the 78th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, St. Louis, Missouri. DOI: 10.1002/pra2.2015.1450520100125

Behnert, C.: LibRank: New Approaches for Relevance Ranking in Library Information Systems. In: Pehar, F.; Schlögl, C.; Wolff, C. (eds.): Re:inventing Information Science in the Networked Society. Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Information Science (ISI 2015). Glückstadt: Verlag Werner Hülsbusch, 2015. S. 570-572. LibRank Poster


Plassmeier, Kim; Behnert, Christiane; Borst, Timo; Lewandowski, Dirk: Evaluating Popularity Data for Relevance Ranking in Library Information Systems. Poster Sessions at the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, 6.-10. Nov. 2015, St. Louis. (PDF of the ASIS&T Poster)