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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/. 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Texas

Master of Science, University of North Texas

Bachelor of Arts, University of North Texas

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Research Output

Detecting critical responses from deliberate self-harm videos on YouTube

Alhassan, M. A. & Pennington, D., 15 Mar 2020, CHIIR '20 - Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. New York, p. 383-386 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
  • Twitter as health information source: exploring the parameters affecting dementia-related tweets

    Alhayan, F. & Pennington, D., 17 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

  • Prizes

    Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

    Diane Pennington (Recipient), 28 Sep 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts

    Diane Pennington (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

    Diane Pennington (Organiser)
    15 Jun 201919 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

    Developing and applying theoretical frameworks to your research

    Diane Pennington (Speaker)
    7 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation