Frederick Andrew Lerner, D.L.S.
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Frederick Andrew Lerner, D.L.S.
81 Worcester Avenue
White River Junction, Vermont 05001


A.B., Columbia College, June 1966 (history)

M.S., Columbia University, June 1969 (library science)

D.L.S., Columbia University, May 1981 (library science)


1989-present: Information Scientist, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, White River Junction, Vermont

1979-1989: Head, Technical Information Services, Spectra, Inc., Hanover, New Hampshire

1974-1978: Head, Reference Services Unit, Vermont Department of Libraries, Montpelier, Vermont

1970-1972: Information Specialist, Research Foundation of the City University of New York, New York, New York

1969-1970: Reference Librarian, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York


1990-present: Research Associate in Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire


The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age, 2nd edition. (New York: Continuum, 2009)

PILOTS Database User’s Guide
, 4th ed. (Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007)

Libraries through the Ages (New York: Continuum, 1999)

The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age (New York: Continuum, 1998); translated into Spanish as Historia de las bibliotecas del mundo: Desde la invención de la escritura hasta la era de la computación (Buenos Aires: Troquel, 1999); translated into Turkish as Kütüphanelerin Hikayes – Yazının Bulunuşundan Bilgisayar Çağına (Istanbul: Bileşim, 2007); translated into Korean (Seoul: Asian Culture Press, in press).

A Bookman’s Fantasy: How Science Fiction Became Respectable, and Other Essays (Framingham, Massachusetts: NESFA Press, 1995)

A Silverlock Companion—The Life and Works of John Myers Myers [editor] (Center Harbor, New Hampshire: Niekas Publications, 1988)

Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community (Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1985)


“Surveying the traumatic stress literature: The effective use of bibliographic databases in preparing reviews and meta-analyses” (with Jessica Hamblen),  Journal of Traumatic Stress, December 2010 (in press).

“Using Controlled Vocabularies to Search the Traumatic Stress Literature Effectively”, poster presentation at the 26th annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Montréal, 6 November 2010.

“Searching the Traumatic Stress Literature” in Methods for Disaster Mental Health Research, ed. Fran H. Norris et al. (New York: Guilford Press, 2006), pp. 309-315.

“Rosetta Stone” [short story], Artemis, Spring 2000, pp. 8-14; reprinted in Year’s Best SF 5, ed. David G. Hartwell (New York: Eos, 2000), pp. 238-254.

“Searching the Traumatic Stress Literature” in Trauma Research Methodology, ed. Eve B. Carlson (Lutherville, Maryland: Sidran Press, 1996), pp. 1-21.
“Creating an Interdisciplinary Mental Health Database” in Pro-Cite in Libraries: Applications in Bibliographic Database Management, ed. Deb Renée Biggs (Medford, New Jersey: Learned Information, 1995), pp. 37-49.

Articles in library journals such as Special Collections, Special Libraries,  and Voice of Youth Advocates, in science and engineering magazines such as Machine Design and New Scientist, and in other periodicals.

“Science Fiction Multiverse” column, Wilson Library Bulletin, September 1994-June 1995.

Book reviews in library and scholarly journals.

Book discussion guides for Bantam Books, Pocket Books, and Little, Brown.

Conference presentations at Special Library Association, Vermont Library Association, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, World Science Fiction Convention, and World Fantasy Convention.

Presentations at expert workshops on traumatic stress literature in Utrecht, the Netherlands, November 1999 and November 2002.

Lectures at Royal School of Library and Information Science and Royal Library, Copenhagen, October 2007.

Radio programs for WKCR-FM (New York) and Vermont Public Radio.

Consulting editor for EBSCO Publishing and Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Consultant on Thesaurus of Torture Terminology for Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, Copenhagen.


American Society for Information Science and Technology

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Kipling Society

National Federation of Advanced Information Services

Psychotrauma Documentation Network

Science Fiction Research Association

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America


Board of Directors, Vermont Public Radio, 1974-1993 (Programming and Program Guide Committees); Honorary Director, 1993-present.

Board of Directors, Combined Health Information Database, 1991-1995.

Chairman, Hartford (Vermont) Citizens’ Committee on Libraries, 1983-1984.