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FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DIVISION CHAIR
– SCITECH NEWS, MAY 2004 –

In my last column as Chair of the Transportation Division, I want to thank the executive and members of the Division for their help over the past year. Past Chair Roberto Sarmiento was always available by telephone to answer any questions. Nelda Bravo, Head of the National Transportation Library, always has innovative ideas for both programs and having fun! Betty Lou Hicks, our incoming Chair, has more experience than most of us, having been Chair of the Engineering Division and past Treasurer of the Transportation Division. I valued all of Betty Lou’s advice. Dot Finn, our fearless fund raiser, continually assured me that a lot of small donations from sponsors were even better than the big ones, since it was more likely that they would sponsor again. Rita Evans was yet another voice of caution – not to overspend. I needed that.

Bulletin organizer, John Gallwey, did a terrific job of getting articles to Bonnie Osif at SciTech News for our Division. And Dan Krummes did a fabulous job on the nominating committee to find a new Chair Elect and nominee.

Achievements

The Transportation Division has revamped its web site and should be available by the time you are reading this message. Roberto Sarmiento and his team will be announcing it on TranLib Serv (and the New York Times – according to Roberto).

Mary Ellen Tucker is still investigating the possibility of a web site for reviews of books and reports related to transportation. She has written up a report, with some recommendations, for discussion at the Division Business Meeting in Nashville. Janice Bain-Kerr is leading a committee investigating a Transportation Division scholarship and her committee will be reporting at the annual conference.

As Jerry Baldwin reported on the ListServ - one of the Transportation Division's own, Dan Trefethen of Boeing, has been elected a director on SLA's board. I certainly voted for him and wish him well! You’ve got to vote for a man who wears hats so well.

Elsewhere in this issue is a copy of the Division’s final program for the Annual Conference in Nashville. Please check the online planner for changes and last minute updates. This year Nelda Bravo has planned the GTRIC annual meeting. It will involve a discussion to develop recommendations on how best to pursue collaborative relationships within the transportation community, (including networks and consortia) and how best to align existing services and programs with those provided by transportation librarians. We have partnered with the Aerospace Division and the Military Librarians Division for several sessions, as well as many other Divisions and Chapters, for the All Sciences Reception which will be held at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. For those of you who own a Saturn car – you must join our Saturn Plant Tour.

Thanks for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful Division. See you in Nashville – if not have a wonderful summer.

Shaun