Dr Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington (formerly Dr. Diane M. Rasmussen Neal) is 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 at the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group, in which she leads the Information Engagement research area and belongs to the Interactive Information Retrieval research area. She also belongs to the Digital Health and Wellness Research Group. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Library and Information Research, which is published by CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). She is also an Associate Editor of Global Knowledge, Memory, and Communication (formerly Library Review).
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 is working toward an MSc 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.
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 students in Information and Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde. She has taught classes in social media for libraries and other organizations, research methods and statistics, systems analysis, 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 graduate students’ guided research projects, and she has served on multiple thesis advisory committees and thesis examination committees.
Her research focuses on information engagement, especially online. 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. She has delivered over 80 presentations and published more than 40 works in journals such as Library & Information Science Research, Knowledge Organisation, Journal of the Medical Library Association, and Journal of Information Science. Her papers in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science were two of the journal’s five most frequently viewed articles in 2013. She has participated in research projects funded by organisations such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Dr Rasmussen Pennington is deeply dedicated to her professional societies. She is Secretary of the Library and Information Science Research Group (LIRG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). She was a 2011-2014 ASIS&T Director-at-Large. She won ASIS&T’s Special Interest Group (SIG) Member of the Year award in 2011, and she received ASIS&T’s SIG Publication of the Year Award in 2009. She is the chair for ASIS&T’s European Chapter. She co-chaired the Juried Panels for the 2016 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference. She has served as Vice President and President of the Canadian Association for Information Science/L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI).
Diane lives in the Inverclyde region of Scotland with her husband Joe, Juniper the basset hound, Sophie the chihuahua, Nero the green cheek conure, and several fish.