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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.

You can view my full CV at 


Has expertise in:

    • Qualitative research methods
    • Information organisation
    • Online consumer health information search and retrieval
    • Indexing, search, and retrieval of non-text information
    • Database design and implementation
    • User-centred design and usability
    • Library technology systems
    • Systems analysis


Public library mobile apps in Scotland : views from the local authorities and the public
Kerr Alan, Pennington Diane
Library Hi Tech, (2017)
RDA in Europe : Implementations and perceptions
Ducheva Dilyana, Pennington Diane
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, (2017)
Geospatial analysis
Buchel Olga, Pennington Diane
The Sage Handbook of Social Media Research MethodsThe Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, (2017)
Coding of non-text data
Pennington Diane
The Sage Handbook of Social Media Research MethodsThe Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, (2017)
Faculty perceptions on publishing research
Pennington Diane Rasmussen, Swanson Andree, Akwaowo Efiong, Zobisch Paula
Interactive Collaborative LearningAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Vol 544, (2017)
Supporting workplace information needs of people with dementia
Pennington Diane
ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2016, pp. 1-7, (2016)

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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

Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) (External organisation)
Association for Library and Information Science Education
External Reviewer for Lecturer in Visual Communication/Information Design
External Examiner
CILIPS - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - Scotland- - Autumn Gathering
Association for Information Science and Technology
Scottish Ecosystem for Innovation: Dementia Technology & Services

more professional activities


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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