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Transportation Division Program
97th Annual Meeting
Special Libraries Association
Baltimore, MD
June 11-14, 2006


Program Coordinator: Send mail to: Bob Sweet, University of Michigan, Transportation Research Institute

Main Conference Site Links:
SLA 2006 Conference Web Site
Personal Conference Planner


All events are in the Baltimore Convention Center unless otherwise noted


Saturday - June 10


No-Host Dinner

We’ll come together for a no-host (that means everyone pays for his or her own) dinner at yet-to-be-determined nearby restaurant. We’ll be holding it on Saturday evening this year, because of a change in the conference scheduling that will make Sunday unavailable for such an event.
Location: To be announced  

Sunday - June 11

8:15 am -
3:00 pm

Government Transportation Research Information Committee (GTRIC) Program

GTRIC is a forum for government transportation librarians and other information professionals who rely on state and federal government information. Presentations are designed to educate librarians in changes in legislation and policy that affect the free flow of information. Speakers from government, academia and the private sector will share information on initiatives in library and information sciences that affect our work in transportation.

All attendees

Nelda Bravo, Head, National Transportation Library, U.S. Department of Transportation

Nelda Bravo, Head, U.S. National Transportation Library

Self Introductions

Iowa DOT Library's Transportation Enhancement Grant for Historical Preservation
Hank Zaletel, Librarian, Iowa DOT

MTKN & Pooled Funds consortia, how the two benefit the library community
Janet Bix, Library Administrator, Ohio DOT
Steve Cochran, Librarian, Washington State DOT

TRIS Update
Barbara Post, Information Services Manager, TRB

Update on AASHTO Publications and Information
Bob Cullen, AASHTO

Break--Bring your own coffee and snacks!

Knowledge Management at PA DOT
Marleen Steele, Pennsylvania DOT
Cheryl Bodan, Librarian, PennDOT Library and Research Center

TRB Special Report 284, Transportation Knowledge Networks: A Management Strategy for the 21st Century
Barbara Post, Information Services Manager, TRB

FHWA Research Library
Martha Soneira, Team Leader, FHWA

Box Lunch (served in meeting room)

NCHRP Synthesis 37-02 "Preservation and Use of Institutional Memory"
Nelda Bravo, Program Analyst, FHWA

The connection between Open WorldCat and Google and Yahoo
Andy Bush, OCLC

Demo of the new NTL Integrated Search
Tracey Schut, NTL

NTL Update
Rosalyn Alleman, NTL
NTL Reference Services

Conclude Meeting

Sponsored by:

Ticketed event No. 410: $55.00

Monday - June 12

9:30 am -
11:00 am

Free Agency: From Athletes to Librarians

When sports stars become free agents, they are able to shop their talents to a number of teams, evaluating their worth to their potential employer, enhancing their assets during the off-season, and deciding what salary they should ask for. While we librarians don't need steroids to do our jobs, we need that same attitude that we're all free agents in the workplace. Mary Ellen Bates will give her thoughts on how to implement this strategy in the information marketplace.

If you’ve seen Mary Ellen at SLA before, you know that she really packs the room, and then some. This one is not to be missed.

All attendees

Ms. Mary Ellen Bates, Principal, Bates Information Services

SLA Units: Transportation Division, Environment & Resources Management Division, Social Science Division

Sponsored by: PRENAX, Inc and Dialog

12:00 pm -
1:00 pm

Transportation Division Business Meeting and Brown Bag Luncheon

Our annual business meeting. Bring a brown-bag (or any color) lunch.

Unit members only

Bob Sweet, University of Michigan, Transportation Research Institute

Tuesday - June 13

7:30 am -
9:00 am

Transportation Division Board Meeting

Annual board meeting of the Transportation Division.

Board members only

11:30 am -
1:00 pm
Room 205C
International Update on Transportation Information

The most elusive information resources in the field of transportation are those originating in Asia, Africa, South America, and the smaller countries of Europe. This program will allow transportation librarians to get up to date on the progress that librarians in these regions have made toward increasing accessibility of their countries’ transportation information. Ideally, we will have librarians from those parts of the world at the conference to make their own presentations. When not feasible, we will have U.S. colleagues undertake a study of the situation in various countries and make presentations by proxy.

All attendees


Bonnie Osif, Librarian, Pennsylvania State University
Bob Sweet, University of Michigan, Transportation Research Institute, "Travelogue"

SLA Units: Transportation Division

Sponsored by:

7:00 pm -
9:00 pm
American Visionary Art Museum

Transportation Division Open House

Come meet and socialize with other Transportation Division members in an informal gathering at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Unit members only

SLA Units: Transportation Division

Sponsored by: American Society of Civil Engineers

Ticketed event No. 750: $10.00

Thursday - June 15

10:00 am -
2:00 pm

Tour of Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

Download tour invitation

Martha Soneira of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center is arranging a tour of the facility. Transportation to this facility is on your own (directions at http://www.tfhrc.gov/about/tfdirect.htm) if traveling by car. If you care to travel by train to Union Station in Washington, DC, Martha will have a van pickup at that location, upon prior arrangement, about an hour before the tour. Transportation back to Union Station will be provided as well after the tour.

Tour reservation deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2006.
To make reservations, or for more information, contact Martha Soneira by email at martha.soneira@fhwa.dot.gov, or phone at 202-493-3468

Unit members only

Martha Soneira, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

SLA Units: Transportation Division

Sponsored by: