Diane Pennington

Lecturer B

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 https://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/diane.pennington/. 

Research Interests

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


Teaching Interests

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. 

Expertise & Capabilities

  • 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


  1. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

  2. ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

  3. How can Scottish libraries link their resources to the world?

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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Diane Pennington

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