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/. 


Geospatial analysis
Buchel Olga, Pennington Diane
The Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods (2017) (2017)
Coding of non-text data
Pennington Diane
The Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods (2017) (2017)
'The most passionate cover I've seen' : emotional information in fan-created U2 music videos
Rasmussen Pennington Diane
Journal of Documentation Vol 72, pp. 569-590 (2016)
Analysing found non-text social media data : options and challenges
Pennington Diane
Social Media and Society, pp. 1-3 (2016)
Small data and big data controversies and alternatives : perspectives from the Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods
Bonneau Claudine, Gruzd Anatoliy, Hand Martin, Latzo-Toth Guillaume, Millette Mélanie, Quan-Haase Anabel, Pennington Diane, Sloan Luke, Vatrapu Ravi, Zeller Frauke
Social Media and Society (2016)
Youth e-mental health in Scotland : challenges and opportunities
Pennington Diane
BCS Health Informatics Scotland Conference (2015)

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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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