Dr Diane Pennington

Senior Lecturer

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Information Science and the Course Director for the MSc/PGDip in Information and Library Studies in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

My research areas include non-text information indexing and retrieval, qualitative methods for visual information, Emotional Information Retrieval (EmIR), information organisation, user behaviours on social media, and online health information preferences.

You can view my full CV at https://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/diane.pennington/. 


A review of polymorphic malware detection techniques
Arzini Joma, Pennington Diane
International Conference on Interdisciplinary Computer Science and Engineering (ICICSE2020) (2020)
Twitter as health information source : exploring the parameters affecting dementia-related tweets
Alhayan Fatimah, Pennington Diane
SMSociety'20 - International Conference on Social Media and Society 11th International Conference on Social Media & Society, pp. 277–290 (2020)
Detecting critical responses from deliberate self-harm videos on YouTube
Alhassan Muhammad Abubakar, Pennington Diane
CHIIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval CHIIR 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, pp. 383-386 (2020)
"How to use it more?" Self-efficacy and its sources in the use of social media for knowledge sharing
Alshahrani Hussain, Rasmussen Pennington Diane
Journal of Documentation Vol 76, pp. 231-257 (2020)
Connecting the silos : implementations and perceptions of linked data across European libraries
Pennington Diane, Cagnazzo Laura
Journal of Documentation Vol 75, pp. 643-666 (2019)
Measuring passive engagement with health information on social media
Alhayan Fatimah, Pennington Diane, Ayouni Sara
2018 21st Saudi Computer Society National Computer Conference IEEE Saudi Section 21st Saudi Computer Society National Computer Conference (2018)

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I teach Organisation of Knowledge as well as Library Technology & Systems for our MSc/PGDip in Information and Library Studies. I also supervise MSc and PhD research projects. 

Prior to arriving at the University of Strathclyde, I taught classes in research methods and statistics, online searching, systems analysis, social media for libraries, database design, web usability, web development, metadata, indexing/abstracting, and cataloguing/classification. 

Research interests

  • Non-text information indexing and retrieval
  • Information organisation
  • Emotional Information Retrieval (EmIR)
  • Information engagement
  • Online health information preferences


Professional activities

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
Developing and applying theoretical frameworks to your research
How can we best design online mental health resources?
Social media in the classroom
How can Scottish libraries link their resources to the world?
ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval 2019
Member of programme committee

More professional activities


Finding solutions to advance digital health for addressing unmet needs in relation to self-harming
Pennington, Diane (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2018
Shifting paradigms for dementia: Involving people living with dementia across research, policy and practice
Gibson, Grant (Principal Investigator) Pennington, Diane (Co-investigator)
Funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute Programmes of Knowledge Exchange (£17,502.50)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018

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Computer and Information Sciences
Livingstone Tower

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