Professor Diane Sonnenwald, Head of School, UCD School of Information & Library Studies Diane Sonnenwald

About Diane

Diane H.Sonnenwald  recently joined the Royal School of Library and Information Science, partner in CCC, as Professor. She joined RSLIS from the University College Dublin where she held the title of Professor, Chair of Information and Library Studies and served as Head of School. She also holds the title of Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2010 Diane was the first person working outside North America to be elected as Incoming President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), one of the largest scholarly and professional international societies for information science and technology with members in over 50 countries. She served as President of ASIS&T in 2011-2012, and as Immediate Past President in 2012-2013. With her leadership ASIS&T extended its global outreach.
Diane’s research focuses on collaboration, technology design and use, and information behaviour in a variety of contexts, including the digital humanities, police work, emergency healthcare, academia and industry. She is currently editing a book on theory development in the information sciences. Diane has authored or co-authored over 80 scholarly publications and serves on the editorial boards of five journals. She has been awarded over 20 grants from national and international foundations, corporations, and funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, the European Science Foundation, the Motorola Foundation and the HW Wilson Foundation.
Diane was recently awarded the 2014 ASIS&T Lecture Series Award. Other awards and recognition include a Fulbright Professorship, Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Taiwan (twice awarded), U.S. Army Research Laboratory Scientific Contribution Award, UNC Junior Faculty Research Award, ALISE Research Methodology Best Paper Award, and Bell Communications Research Award of Excellence. She has a PhD from the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University.

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