F. Wilfrid Lancaster

Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster

Frederick Wilfrid ("Wilf" ) Lancaster (born in Durham, England, September 4, 1933) is a British-American information scientist. He immigrated to the USA in 1959; Worked as information specialist by the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md., 1965–68; professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1972-92 Professor emeritus, U. Ill., Urbana, 1992-.

F. W. Lancaster is in particular known for his work on online retrieval including evaluation studies of the MEDLARS-system. He has, however, an unusual broad and comprehensive authorship in Library and Information Science (LIS). Over a period of four decades he has continuously emerged as a visionary leader in the field of LIS. His research, writings, and teachings have earned him the highest honors in the profession. Lancaster excelled at many fronts: as scholar, educator, mentor, and writer.

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List of works

Baker, S. L. & Lancaster, F. W. (1977/1991). The Measurement and Evaluation of Library Services. 2nd ed. Arlington, Va.: Information Resources Press. (1st ed.1977; 2nd edit. 1991).

Lancaster, F. W. (1968a). Evaluation of the MEDLARS demand search service. [Washington] U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service.

Lancaster, F. W. (1968b). Information retrieval systems; characteristics, testing, and evaluation. New York, Wiley.

Lancaster, F. W. (1978). Toward Paperless Information Systems. New York : Academic Press.

Lancaster, F. W. (1982). Libraries and Librarians in an Age of Electronics. Arlington, Va.: Information Resources Press.

Lancaster, F. W. (1985). Thesaurus construction and use; a condensed course. Paris: General Information Programme and Unisist, Unesco.

Lancaster, F. W. (1986). Vocabulary control for information retrieval. 2nd. ed. Arlington, Va.: Information Resources Press.

Lancaster, F. W. (1988/1993). If You Want to Evaluate Your Library. Champaign: University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. (1st ed. 1988, 2rd ed. 1993).

Lancaster, F. W. (1991/1998/2003). Indexing and abstracting in theory and practice. London: Library Association. (1st ed. 1991; 2nd ed. 1998; 3rd. ed. 2003).

Lancaster, F. W. (Ed.). (1993). Libraries and the future; essays on the library in the twenty-first century. New York : Haworth Press.

Lancaster, F. W. & Fayen, E. G. (1973). Information Retrieval On-Line. Los Angeles: Melville Pub. Co.

Lancaster, F. W. & Smith, L. C. (1983). Compatibility issues affecting information systems and services. Prepared for the General Information Programme and UNISIST. Paris: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Martyn, J. & Lancaster, F. W. (1981). Investigative methods in library and information science; an introduction. Arlington, Va.: Information Resources Press.



Haricombe, Lorraine J. & Russell, Keith (eds). (2008). The Influence of F. W. Lancaster on Information Science and on Libraries.Library Trends, 56(4),

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