Bio

Dr Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group, in which she leads the Information Engagement Group. She also belongs to the Digital Health and Wellness Research Group.

She holds an MS and a PhD in information science from the School of Library and Information Sciences (now the College of Information) at the University of North Texas and has earned a PGDip in Academic Practice from the University of Strathclyde. Diane holds the permanent title of Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the Royal Society of Arts. She is an Honorary Member of CILIP Scotland (CILIPS).

Diane has worked in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has worked as a systems librarian and as a corporate information technology professional.

Dr Rasmussen Pennington currently teaches classes in the organisation of knowledge as well as library technology systems to MSc Information and Library Studies students. She has taught classes in social media for libraries and other organizations, research methods and statistics, systems analysis, business intelligence, database design, web usability, web development, metadata, indexing and abstracting, cataloging and classification, and library systems. Diane has taught at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, both online and face-to-face. She has supervised many students’ postgraduate research projects, and she has served on multiple thesis advisory committees and thesis examination committees.

Her research focuses on information engagement, which she defines as what people do with information as well as what information does to people, especially in online contexts. Areas include social media, digital consumer health information, digital photograph representation, and online education pedagogies. She has edited two books: Social media for academics: A practical guide and Indexing and retrieval of non-text information as well as co-edited Social tagging in a linked data environment. She has delivered approximately 150 peer-reviewed or invited presentations and has published more than 40 works in journals such as Journal of DocumentationLibrary & Information Science Research, Knowledge Organisation, Journal of the Medical Library Association, and Journal of Information Science. She has participated in research projects funded by organisations such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Scottish Government.

Dr Rasmussen Pennington is deeply dedicated to her professional societies. She is currently Chair of the Metadata and Discovery Group in the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), a Trustee of CILIPS, a Standing Committee Member of IFLA’s Training & Education Section (SET), a Co-Chair of the iSchools Women’s Coalition, and staff at The U2 Conference. She is a former Chair of ASIS&T’s European Chapter and a past President of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS/ACSI).