Dr. Frank Lambert

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator

Dr. Frank Lambert
615-898-2583
Room 348, College of Education Building (COE)
Office Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00-1:00; or, by appointment.  Always available via email:  Frank.Lambert@mtsu.edu

I am happy to meet with students and colleagues via Skype, Zoom, etc

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Western Ontario (2008)
  • MLIS, University of Western Ontario (2002)
  • BA, University of Western Ontario (1992)

Areas of Expertise

I possess extensive experience in conducting empirical (primarily quantitative, some qualitative) basic and applied research in Informatics (community and e-government), Informetrics (Webometrics, citation analysis, and Web log data analysis), information organization (classification and descriptive metadata standards), information literacy, and, to a lesser extent, research methods that has resulted in substantial and impactful peer-reviewed scholarly publications.  This experience has ...

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I possess extensive experience in conducting empirical (primarily quantitative, some qualitative) basic and applied research in Informatics (community and e-government), Informetrics (Webometrics, citation analysis, and Web log data analysis), information organization (classification and descriptive metadata standards), information literacy, and, to a lesser extent, research methods that has resulted in substantial and impactful peer-reviewed scholarly publications.  This experience has been applied to and reflected in an extensive and effective teaching background in in-person, online, and distributed video formats.  To compliment my research and pedagogical skills, I possess a strong variety of professional library capabilities in cataloguing and reference services along with a long history of management experiences from a number of challenging private- and public-sector environments.  The skills I developed through these professional experiences have been enhanced significantly by my work in a large and diverse number of service-based activities for my employers, the academy, my disciplinary profession, and my colleagues.  As a consequence of my combined academic, professional, and service/volunteer experiences, I seek a career environment in the public or private sector that will continue to challenge me intellectually while I attempt to make beneficial contributions to humankind concerning information, its creation, its organization, how it is made available and accessed, and how it is used by various communities of persons.

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Publications

Hebert, H. & Lambert, F. (2019).  Providing voter registration and election information in libraries: a survey of public libraries in Tennessee.  Public Library Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2019.1688079.  Lambert responsible (50%) for questionnaire modifications, data analysis, write up of findings, editing final paper.  

Panchyshyn, Roman, Lambert, F., & McCutcheon, Sevim. (2019).  Resour...

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Hebert, H. & Lambert, F. (2019).  Providing voter registration and election information in libraries: a survey of public libraries in Tennessee.  Public Library Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2019.1688079.  Lambert responsible (50%) for questionnaire modifications, data analysis, write up of findings, editing final paper.  

Panchyshyn, Roman, Lambert, F., & McCutcheon, Sevim. (2019).  Resource Description and Access (RDA) implementation in public libraries in the United States.  Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS), 63(2), 119-130.  Lambert responsible (33.3%) for creation and dissemination of data collection tool, data analysis, writing up findings, proofreading full paper.  

Rosenzweig, J., Thill, M., & Lambert, F. (2019). Student constructions of authority in the framework era: A bibliometric pilot study using a faceted taxonomy.  College and Research Libraries (CNRL), 80(3), 401-420.  Lambert responsible (33.3%) for data analysis, writing up findings, proofreading full paper. -Citations – Google Scholar; 1  

Gracy, Karen and Lambert, F. (2014).  Who’s ready to surf the next wave?  A study of perceived challenges to implementing new and revised standards for archival description.  American Archivist, 77(1), 96-132.  Lambert responsible (50%) for original research problem and research question articulation, original design and dissemination of data collection instrument (self-administered questionnaire), statistical data analysis, writing up findings, and proofreading full paper. -Class reading - INLS 757-1 Principles and Practices of Archival Description; School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Spring 2015. -Citations – Google Scholar, 7  

Blundell, Shelley and Lambert, F. (2014). Information anxiety from the undergraduate student perspective: A pilot study of second-semester freshmen.  Journal of Education in Library and Information Science (JELIS), 55(4), 261-273.  Lambert responsible for supervising student Blundell, confirming validity of data analysis and write up of findings, and proofreading full paper. -Citations – Google Scholar, 22  

Lambert, F. (Dec. 2014).  Virtual trace: A framework for applying physical trace research methodology in a virtual electronic context.  QQML-Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, 1001-1018. -Citations – Google Scholar; 1  

Lambert, F., Panchyshyn, Roman, and McCutcheon, Sevim.  (2013).  Resource Description and Access (RDA) and Ohio public libraries.  Public Library Quarterly, 32(3), 187-203.  Lambert responsible (33.3%) for data analysis, writing up findings, proofreading full paper. -Citations – Google Scholar, 15; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), 2  

Lambert, F. (2013). Seeking information from government resources: A comparative analysis of two urban communities' Web searching of municipal government Web sites.  Government Information Quarterly, 33, p.99-109. -Citations – Google Scholar, 6  

Lambert, F. (2011).  Do provenance-based classification schemes have a role still in libraries and information centres?  The case of government classification schemes.  Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.  49(3), 208-222. -Class reading - LIS 598 Government Information: Local, Provincial and Federal; School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Winter 2012. -Citations – Google Search Engine, 1; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), 1  

Lambert, F. (2010).  Online community information: The queries of three communities in southwestern Ontario.  Information Processing & Management, 46(3), 343-361. -Class reading - INF2186H Metadata Schemas and Applications; Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto. -Citations – Google Scholar, 14; Web of Science Citation Index, 2; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), 1  

Lambert, F. (2005).  Assessing the authoritativeness of Canadian and American government health documents:  A comparative analysis using informetric methodologies.  Government Information Quarterly.  22(2), 277-296. -Citations – Google Scholar, 2  

Lambert, F. (2004).  Applying informetric methods to empirically assess the authoritativeness of Health Canada electronic documents.  Government Information Quarterly.  21(3), 305-318. -Citations – Google Scholar, 2

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Research / Scholarly Activity

I working currently on a number of research projects:  1) the potential utility of public libraries hiring new information professionals with a social work background and how the two professions may work together better to serve the public; 2) the potential need for Library and/or Information Science schools to educate such professionals; 3) the WHY (Who, How, whY) system of information literacy instruction; and, 4) how assessment librarians are using what they learned during their Master's education to serve in their respective specialized role.