Pennington is an experienced project manager, technology consultant, and educator specializing in higher education and digital resource management for museums, archives, and special collections. He has consulted widely with educational, governmental, and non-governmental organizations on digital resource management, endangered cultural resource management, and online access for education. He has extensive consulting experience with universities, cultural heritage institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in both the United States and the Global South.
Pennington has led multiple teams across several countries, on site and online, and is adept at working with educators and learners in multi-institute, international, and multi-lingual efforts.
- Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: Separating Technology Hype from Educational Usefulness. NMC 2016 Summer Conference Featured Presentation, with Andrew Bell.
- Co-PI and advisor on educational resource production, Four Four Beat Project and HipHop 2020 Curriculum Project.
- Co-PI on British Library Endangered Archives Program grant #449 (£30,507), conducting three-week workshop in Bamako, Mali for photograph preservation, cataloging, and digitization.
- Coordinated and led the Virginia Tech Library’s effort to create an Event Capture Service with a live streaming option.
- On-site English Instructor, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College. November, 2013 in Moshi, Tanzania.
- On-site and online instructional technology advisor, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College. 2012 – present.
- Producer, January 2008 – March 2012, Africa Past and Present Podcast
- Pennington, S. (2012). Video equipment: guide to selecting and use. In D. Boyd, S. Cohen, B. Rakerd, & D. Rehberger (Eds.), Oral history in the digital age. Institute of Library and Museum Services.
- Pennington, S., and Rehberger D. (2012). The preservation of analog video through digitization. In D. Boyd, S. Cohen, B. Rakerd, & D. Rehberger (Eds.), Oral history in the digital age. Institute of Library and Museum Services.
- American Black Journal: Preserving a video legacy. Partnering with Detroit Public Television, Pennington led the team at Matrix that implemented a $350,000 NEH grant to process, digitize, preserve, and bring online – with accompanying curricula – nearly 40 years of the weekly television show “American Black Journal.”
- Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy: Pennington led the US and South African teams responsible for interviews, for research and production of new audio and video resources, for digitizing multi-format content, and for creating online curricula and exhibits using project materials.
- Conducted British Library sponsored five-day training workshop and nearly one week post-workshop at the National Records Service in Banjul, The Gambia. Coordinated with local archive staff to assess, preserve, digitize and bring online vital 19th century government records. Coordinated with local educators to construct resources for Gambian classrooms. Coordinated with History Department at Michigan State University to build resources from this content for online instruction. Pennington also collaborated with State-run television to produce a short segment about the project.
- Citizens Video and Education Trust (CVET): Based in Cape Town, South Africa, CVET recorded community action programs, surreptitiously and sometimes openly videoed anti-apartheid activities, and videoed governmental brutalities under the apartheid government. Pennington helped negotiate a move to house the collection at the Library of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, conducted training at CVET, established a digitization workflow, helped CVET design and conduct interviews with former members, and helped CVET bring their archive and teaching materials online.
- Consultant, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) in Pune, India. After BORI was ransacked by a mob upset about their holdings, Pennington was part of the team brought in to consult on online education, digital security, and working with politically endangered materials.
- Invited speaker and consultant, The King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Conducted a workshop at the Foundation on digitization and designing educational projects from the archives.
- Consultant, The African National Congress (ANC) Archives in Johannesburg, South Africa: established digitization workflow and archival storage procedures for preserving and migrating endangered and obsolete video formats for the ANC video archives. As of 2014, the ANC continues to digitize their holdings but present political considerations prevent online access.
- At Institut Fondemental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN), conducted training workshop for archivists and cataloging staff in online metadata entry for the African Online Digital Library. Began work on digitizing IFAN’s catalog and in presenting portions of the IFAN collection online.
- “Cross-Curricular Aural Resource Development: Using Online Audio Repositories in the High School,” with Steve Cohen of Tufts University. Boston Public Schools Curriculum Development Workshop.
- Senior Project Manager, The Internet and Women’s Democratic Organizing. The project seeks to facilitate women’s social and political activism and regional networking through Internet technologies. Two three-week workshops took place at Michigan State University with participants attending from the West African countries of Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. Pennington was part of the team coordinating the workshops at Michigan State University, and he led the in-country follow-up workshops in Senegal and Ghana.