Dr. Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington (formerly Dr. Diane M. Rasmussen Neal) earned 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. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde and the Social Media Manager for the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Diane also holds the permanent title of Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney.
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 has recently taught classes in research methods and statistics as well as systems analysis. She has taught classes in social media for libraries and other organizations, 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.
Diane 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. Her papers in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science were two of the journal’s five most frequently viewed articles in 2013. As an Internet scholar, her research areas include social media, online pedagogy, online consumer health information, and digital photograph representation. She was the PI on a 2014 study entitled “Understanding student behaviors in online classrooms: A qualitative approach,” which was funded by the Ashford University Fellows Program, and she is a Collaborator on projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Dr. Rasmussen Pennington is deeply dedicated to her professional societies. Currently, she is co-chairing the Juried Panels for the 2016 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference. She co-chairs ASIS&T’s Information Professionals Task Force and chairs ASIS&T’s Web Presence Task Force. This task force is the successor to the Webinar Task Force and the Online Education Task Force, both of which she chaired as well. She is the 2014-2015 Vice President of the Canadian Association for Information Science/L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI), and she served as President in 2013-2014. She was a 2012-2014 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.
Diane lives in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, where she lives with her husband Joe, Sophie the chihuahua, and Tena the hound.