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Dr Diane Pennington


Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am a 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.

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Information attributes
Ruthven Ian, Pennington Diane
Information at WorkInformation at Work, (2018)
Keys to their own voices : social tags for a dementia ontology as a human right
Rasmussen Pennington Diane
Social Tagging for Linked Data Across EnvironmentsSocial Tagging for Linked Data Across Environments, (2018)
Introduction : the continuing evolution of social tagging
Spiteri Louise F., Rasmussen Pennington Diane
Social Tagging for Linked Data Across EnvironmentsSocial Tagging for Linked Data Across Environments, (2018)
Social Tagging for Linked Data Across Environments : A New Approach to Discovering Information Online
Spiteri Louise, Pennington Diane
"Why not use it more?" Sources of self-efficacy in researchers’ use of social media for knowledge sharing
Alshahrani Hussain Saad M, Pennington Diane
Journal of Documentation Vol 74, (2018)
An authentic self : Big Data and passive digital footprints
Williams Lynne, Pennington Diane
International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2018), (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
ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval 2019
Member of programme committee
How can Scottish libraries link their resources to the world?

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Finding solutions to advance digital health for addressing unmet needs in relation to self-harming
Pennington, Diane (Principal Investigator)
Period 15-Apr-2018 - 15-Oct-2018
Shifting paradigms for dementia: Involving people living with dementia across research, policy and practice
Pennington, Diane (Co-investigator)
Funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute Programmes of Knowledge Exchange (£17,502.50)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 28-Feb-2018

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Computer and Information Sciences
Livingstone Tower

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