Dr Jesse Dinneen

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Senior Lecturer in Information Systems School of Information Management


Teaching in 2020


Jesse David Dinneen is a Lecturer in Information Systems at the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington. He has authored, presented, and edited scientific and philosophical work about information in various international conferences and journals, and has received awards from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Before joining Victoria University of Wellington he was a Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellow at McGill University.

More information can be found on his research Website, here.


BA, University of Massachusetts Boston; MA, King's College London; MLIS, PhD, McGill University

Administrative responsibilities

Member of SIM Human Ethics Committee

Convenor of SIM Foundations of Information research community


Jesse aims, through his research, to understand how people store, organise, share, and retrieve information in everyday personal and professional contexts, and how information scholars and professionals can best support people undertaking these activities by improving relevant information services, structures, and software. This entails utilising qualitative and quantitative methods in exploratory and experimental research to understand behavioural, psychological, occupational, and technological factors influencing people's interactions with information systems. He is also interested in philosophical dimensions of information, especially the nature (or natures) of information and the definitions created to understand it.

Jesse's published work can be seen on Google Scholar, here.

Selected publications

Dinneen, J.D., Asadi, B., Frissen, I., Shu, F., & Julien, C.-A. (2018). Improving exploration of topic hierarchies: comparative testing of simplified Library of Congress Subject Heading structures. In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval (ACM CHIIR), 102-109.

Jones, W., Dinneen, J.D., Capra, R., Diekema, A., & Pérez-Quiñones, M. (2017). Personal Information Management (PIM). In Levine-Clark, M., & McDonald, J. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition (pp. 3584-3605). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Dinneen, J.D. & Brauner, C. (2017). Information-not-thing: further problems with the belief that information is physical. To appear in CAIS-ACSI ‘17: Proceedings of the 2017 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science.

Dinneen, J.D. (2017). Information research, practice, and education continue to invite and benefit from philosophy. Education for Information, 33(1). pp. 1-2.

Shu, F., Dinneen, J.D., Asadi, B., & Julien, C.-A. (2017) Mapping science using Library of Congress subject headings. Journal of Informetrics, 11(4), pp. 1080-1094.

Dinneen, J.D., Odoni, F., Frissen, I., & Julien, C.-A. (2016). Cardinal: novel software for studying file management behavior. In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 53.

Julien, C.-A., Asadi, B., Dinneen, J.D., & Shu, F. (2016). Library of Congress subject heading (LCSH) browsing and natural language searching. In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 53.

Dinneen, J.D. & Brauner, C. (2015). Practical and philosophical considerations for defining information as well-formed, meaningful data in the information sciences. Library Trends, 63(3), pp. 378-400.

Jones, W., Capra, R., Diekema, A., Teevan, J., Pérez-Quiñones, M., Dinneen, J.D., & Hemminger, B. (2015). “For telling” the present: using the Delphi method to understand personal information practices. In CHI ’15: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 3513-3522.

Julien, C.-A., Tirilly, P., Dinneen, J.D., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Reducing subject tree browsing complexity. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(11), pp. 2201-2223.


Teaching in 2020