Transportation Division Bulletin
Kaleidoscope: News of TRN Members
Report from the General Leadership Summit
Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network: Making Progress
Division Officers Slate for 2005
New Books Announced by Elsevier
Report from the
General Leadership Summit
by Betty Lou Hicks, Hanson Professional Services, Inc., SLA TD division
Bob Sweet and I attended this meeting in Tampa, Florida from January 26
through January 29. The keynote speaker was Gary Heil from the Center
for Innovative Leadership (www.cfil.com) .
Total attendance at the summit was 244.
The candidates for National Office spoke at the luncheon on Thursday.
By now you should have your official ballot. Remember we have one of our
own members, Robert Sarmiento, running for a seat on the Board. Be sure
SLA is developing an online learning environment, which you’ll be
hearing more about this Spring and Summer. It will provide SLA members
with many opportunities for education and professional development, such
as earning advanced degrees from participating universities, continuing
education courses, virtual seminars, leadership/management training, etc.
There are two new Divisions within SLA, Competitive Intelligence and Government
The Association is moving its current governance year, July1 – June
30, to coincide with the fiscal year, January 1 – December 31. This
change takes effect with the officers elected for the 2005-2006 term. The
officers will actually serve until the end of 2006. Officers will be elected
in the Fall and will need to plan to attend the January Leadership Summit
for official training. The SLA Annual Conference will continue to be held
in the June timeframe.
The SLA Finance Committee presented a proposed change to the membership
dues structure. After much discussion, the Joint Cabinet (Chapter and Division
Cabinets) recommended to the Board of Directors that more work and review
needed to be done before proceeding further. The biggest problem with the
proposed dues structure was it does not provide a category for foreign
members who have very minimal salaries.
I was not able to stay for the Board of Directors meeting on Saturday,
but heard that the following action was taken: the Board referred the dues
restructuring proposal back to the Finance Committee; the Board passed
that two votes on SLA Bylaws be taken by the membership at the Toronto
conference: 1) to allow electronic voting of the membership (it seems in
consultation with counsel this may now be possible at the Association level),
and 2) to remove the 12% cap on dues increases. Everyone will need to be
sure and attend the Business Meeting on Wednesday at the National Convention
to vote on these issues.
Knowledge Network: Making Progress
by Bob Sweet, Head, UMTRI Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
What’s new for the Midwest
Transportation Knowledge Network (MTKN)? We held our fourth annual meeting, October 22-23, 2004,
in happy, hospitable Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute. Much of the meeting had us
discussing ways to formalize MTKN and what we’d like to
accomplish in the coming year.
I’ll just list, in bulleted form, some of the highlights
of the meeting, milestones since the 2003 meeting, and what’s
keeping us busy these days.
was launched in March 2004. This coincided with the unveiling
(see the TLCat link on the MTKN home page).
“Working Smarter,” an online tutorial was developed
and presented several times in 2004 in conjunction with the National
Transportation Library (NTL) and the National Highway Institute.
MTKN was instrumental in strengthening libraries at the state
DOTs of Kansas, Michigan, and Missouri. We’re in the
process of lobbying the Illinois DOT to keep its library.
We have been supporting and promoting the Transportation Library
Connectivity pooled fund study, led by Wisconsin DOT. So far,
Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, and Ohio are participating
The project is seeking additional participants, and we encourage
transportation librarians to recommend the project to their
- We are incorporated! And
we approved (and improved) our bylaws and an ILL agreement.
One of our aims is to help develop networks in other regions.
Jerry Baldwin of the Minnesota DOT is the MTKN contact for
AASHTO’s west region, Marie Manthe of the Kansas DOT
is the one to call if you’re in the northeast region,
and Bob Sweet of the University of Michigan Transportation
Research Institute is covering the south.
Developing marketing and
training tools is an ongoing endeavor.
Mentoring librarians new
to the profession or to the transportation field is another
way we aim to add value.
We’re continuing to look for opportunities to develop
partnerships with other transportation organizations, such
as FHWA’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP),
AASHTO, and others.
We will play a part in planning
the second International Technology Transfer Conference, which
will be held in the summer of 2006.
That’s it in a nutshell or two. Please visit the MTKN
website, and if you have any questions about what I’ve
only skimpily sketched out here, contact any MTKN member. You’ll
find all our contact information at www.mtkn.org.
New members of the Transportation Division
Oregon Dept. Of Transportation
Library & Info Resource
355 Capitol St NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Ms. Julia C. Daniel
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute
2910 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150
Ms. A Candace Goss
Butzel Long Library
150 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226-4415