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Transportation Division Bulletin
Kaleidoscope: News of TRN Members

January 2007


Final note from the outgoing chair

Knowledge Management at OTEC 2006

Transportation Research Board (TRB) 86th Annual Meeting Committee Agendas

Transportation Library Connectivity at TRB 2007

Head of the National Transportation Library Appointed

Journal News from Elsevier

Membership News:
New Members
New Member Profile, Kendra Levine


Final note from the outgoing chair
by Bob Sweet, Head, UMTRI Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

When I began as chair of the Transportation Division, I wrote a piece that illustrated the theme that I chose for my tenure: “Make Yourself Necessary.” What other assurance can you rely upon in these chaotic times? Managers will do anything in their power to hang onto those who have proven themselves to be necessary to the enterprise.

And how does one make one’s self necessary? As librarians we wrestle with how much or how little technology will meet our clients’ needs; how to emphasize collections and services when scarcity of resources is pulling us in one direction or the other; and how to endure the ongoing challenge of convincing management that, yes, we deserve to be here, and you would not be better off if you closed the library or reduced its staff..

I contend, though, that regardless of what the state of the library profession is at any point, and regardless of management’s perception of the value of the profession, we make ourselves necessary as individuals by always giving greater value than we’re compensated for and in whatever form is required of us. Yes, I know, that really rankles some who feel that they’re never going to get their due. But the wisdom of the ages has taught us the universal principle that we will never receive more value until we’ve given more value. It’s simple. And the good news is, there is no limit to the personal value we can contribute to any enterprise, in our professions, in our families, in our communities. It’s all about choice. What can you do today to contribute greater value?

I’d like to close out my time as chair of the Transportation Division by issuing a challenge to all members to make yourselves necessary to our division. Many of our stalwart members who have built this division have retired or will be retiring soon. Our membership is shrinking overall, and members have increasing demands placed on them in their jobs—“the press of business” as I heard it referred to today. But there are exciting things happening in the world of transportation librarianship, and a strong SLA Transportation Division can really add to their momentum. TRB Special Report 284 has shown that the activities of the NTL, MTKN, and the pooled-fund project on Transportation Library Connectivity are causing policy makers and legislators to take notice of the need to improve access to transportation information and the ability of librarians to do it. Also, on another encouraging note, we have a new NTL director! Welcome, Amanda Wilson.

So, folks, let’s get down to business. Let’s keep our division strong. Make 2007 the year that you choose to get involved. I wish you all a productive and joyful year.

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Knowledge Management at OTEC 2006
By Jenny Schnell and Caitlin McKee, ODOT Library

The 60th meeting of the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) was held from October 24 to October 25, 2006 at The Greater Columbus Convention Center with 175 exhibitors and over 2,400 attendants, making it the largest attended to date. The conference theme was The Interstate System’s 50th Anniversary: Mile Markers, Milestones, Miles to Go.

Of particular interest was the session on knowledge management entitled: From the Interstates to the Internet: Traveling the Information Superhighway. With ODOT’s library administrator, Janet Bix, as moderator, the session focused on how knowledge management, the Internet, and how transportation libraries affect the transportation industry. Participants were given information on how to use some of the tools that transportation librarians have created to improve their research.

The session included presentations by Maureen Hammer, PhD, knowledge management officer for the Virginia Department of Transportation, George Needham, vice president of member services for OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, and Maggie Sacco, Library Services Consultant for the Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study.

Hammer’s presentation, Haven’t We Been Down This Road Before? Capturing Lessons Learned and Critical Knowledge, examined the past, present, and future of Virginia DOT’s Knowledge Management Division. Needham’s presentation, From Interstate to Internet: Increasing the Speed of Ideas, showed how the growth of the interstate highway system parallels the growth of the information highway. Sacco’s presentation, Transportation Information On-Demand: TKNs & The Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study, discussed how the Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study acts as a Transportation Knowledge Network. For more information on OTEC and the individual presentations, visit the website: http://www.otecohio.org.

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Transportation Research Board (TRB) 86th Annual Meeting Committee Agendas
January 21-25, 2007, Washington, DC

Meetings Sponsored or Co-sponsored by the Committee on Library and Information Science for Transportation (ABG40)

Workshop 170
Knowledge Management: Meeting Organizations' Every Changing Demand
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Hilton
Maureen L. Hammer, Virginia Department of Transportation, presiding

Sponsored by:
Management and Productivity Committee (ABC20)
Technology Transfer Committee (ABG30)
Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee (ABG40)
Maintenance and Operations Personnel Committee (AHD15)
Conduct of Research Committee (ABG10)

Note: This workshop introduces the topic of knowledge management and describes its evolution from record management and information management to its current use as a powerful tool that is important to every transportation agency. The current state of the practice presented will include case studies from states, the federal government, and key findings of an NCHRP synthesis study on this topic. The workshop concludes with a panel of senior officials who will discuss implementation issues, opportunities, and challenges.

Workshop 176
Tools for Transportation Research
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Hilton
Sandra L. Tucker, Texas A&M University, presiding

Sponsored by:
Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee (ABG40)

Note: Become a power searcher of the new TRIS Online. Learn to use other valuable research tools such as the Transportation Libraries Catalog, TRB's Research in Progress, and the Transportation Research Thesaurus. Handouts with specific examples will be provided.

TRIS Online (P07-0736)
Barbara L Post, Transportation Research Board

TRB Research in Progress, TRB Publications Index, and TRB E-Newsletter Items (P07-0738)
Barbara L Post, Transportation Research Board

Transportation Libraries Catalog (P07-0818)
Janet Lee Bix, Ohio Department of Transportation

Transportation Research Thesaurus (P07-0819)
Sandra L. Tucker, Texas A&M University

Session 236
Transportation Information Revolution: The World at Your Doorstep
Monday, January 22, 2007, 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM, Hilton
Christi Powers, Library Connectivity Pooled Fund, presiding
Maggie Sacco, Library Connectivity Pooled Fund, presiding

Sponsored by:
Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee (ABG40)

Note: With the advent of universal access to the Internet, policy makers, administrators, and practioners have come to expect instantaneous access to the latest knowledge on any topic. This session brings you up to date on what's being done in the field of transportation to meet these expectations and some of the practical implications for your organization.

CEO Perspective (P07-0806)
Douglas B. MacDonald, Washington State Department of Transportation

Practitioner Perspective (P07-0041)
Kirk Beach, Ohio Department of Transportation

Engineer Perspective (P07-0039)
John M. Corbin, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Information Delivery Perspective (P07-0040)
Jerome C. Baldwin, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Research Manager Perspective (P07-0038
Leni Oman, Washington State Department of Transportation

Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee
Monday, January 22, 2007, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Hilton
Sandra L. Tucker, Texas A&M University, presiding

Sponsored by:
Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee (ABG40)

Session 379
Semantic Data Models: Building a Foundation for Data Sharing
Monday, January 22, 2007, 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM, Hilton
Frances D. Harrison, Spy Pond Partners, presiding

Sponsored by:
Data and Information Systems Section (ABJ00)
Geographic Information Science and Applications Committee (ABJ60)
Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee (ABG40)
Statewide Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (ABJ20)
Information Systems and Technology Committee (ABJ50)

Note: This session presents the latest research into developing a new generation of transportation data models that will provide the future foundation for data sharing across the World Wide Web. Participants will gain an appreciation for how formal semantic modeling can open up new possibilities for improved search and visualization applications. They will also gain an understanding of the critical challenges involved and have the opportunity to discuss future research and application needs.

Transportation Asset Management and Visualization Using Semantic Models and Google Earth (07-0570)
Michael T. Darter, University of California, Davis
Ty A. Lasky, University of California, Davis
Bahram Ravani, University of California, Davis

Semantically Interoperable Transportation Data Model: Methodology and Application (07-1132)
Sung-Gheel Jang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Tschangho John Kim, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ontology Engineering for Management of Data in the Transportation Domain (07-1549)
Adolfo Benjamin Matamoros, University of Kansas

Session 398
Agile Data Standards Development: Pipe Dream or Possibility?
Monday, January 22, 2007, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Hilton
Jack R. Stickel, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, presiding

Sponsored by:
Data and Information Systems Section (ABJ00)
Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (ABJ30)
National Transportation Data Requirements and Programs Committee (ABJ10)
Statewide Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (ABJ20)
Library and Information Science for Transportation Committee (ABG40)

Challenges and Opportunities (P07-0035)
Frances D. Harrison, Spy Pond Partners

Archived Data User Service (P07-0036)
Shawn M. Turner, Texas Transportation Institute

Traffic Management Data Dictionary (P07-0037)
Robert Rausch, TransCore

The Case for Standardizing Household Travel Surveys (P07-1337)
Chester G. Wilmot, Louisiana State University


Meeting Sponsored by the Information Services Committee (B0002)

TRB Information Services Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Marriott
Laura Whayne, Kentucky Transportation Center, presiding

Sponsored by:
Information Services Committee (B0002)

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Transportation Library Connectivity at TRB 2007
by Christi Powers

New Year’s greetings from the Transportation Library Pooled Fund Study. If you’re heading to the 86 th annual Transportation Research Board meeting, plan to attend s ession 236“Transportation Information Revolution: The World at Your Doorstep.”Coordinated by the pooled fund study and sponsored by the TRB Committee on Library and Information Science for Transportation (LIST), the panel presentation takes place on Monday, January 22, 2007 from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at the Hilton. In continuing to communicate the value of transportation libraries, panelists will describe how accurate, timely and reliable information assists them in their daily work.

Washington Department of Transportation (WsDOT) Secretary Doug McDonald will kick-off the panel presentation with an overview of how data-driven leadership supports the department’s mission to keep people and business moving through improved transportation systems.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s State Traffic Engineer, John Corbin, is another panelist who will outline how transportation information resources aid in effective emergency traffic management, traffic safety and transportation security operations. Success or failure in meeting these challenges depends on access to reliable data and research.

Panelist Kirk Beach , an engineer from the Ohio Department of Transportation, has worked on several projects including the development of a geotechnical database that organized, archived and made existing project information retrievable in a user-friendly format. This saved hundreds of search hours and resulted in estimated costs savings of $12 to 24 million dollars.

Jerry Baldwin, director of the Minnesota Department of Transportation Library, will discuss how the Internet provides both challenges and benefits to librarians in providing efficient access to relevant transportation information. A 35-year veteran of transportation libraries, Jerry will explain current methods, procedures and practices in effectively meeting information needs.

Finally, Leni Oman, director of WsDOT’s Office of Research and Library Services, chair of the NCHRP 20-75 project committee, and member of the committee that produced Special Report 284 “Transportation Knowledge Networks: A Management Strategy for the 21 st Century,” will wrap up the panel session. Her concluding remarks will emphasize the need for better transportation information management and outline her vision of user-friendly desktop access to a variety of resources for busy practitioners.

Pooled fund consultants Maggie Sacco and Christi Powers will moderate the session which hopes to attract a variety of TRB participants who can learn more about the pooled fund study and other efforts toward building a transportation knowledge network.

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Head of the National Transportation Library Appointed

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the USDOT and The National Transportation Library are pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda J. Wilson to Head of the National Transportation Library.

Ms. Wilson comes to the NTL from The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) where she was Metadata Librarian and had experience working with digital collections and statewide networking. With digital collections, Ms. Wilson managed projects for the OSU Knowledge Bank, an institutional repository, and other OSUL digital collections.

Ms. Wilson’s involvement included development of OSUL’s metadata program, performance and coordination of metadata quality assurance activities, implementation of METS, TEI, VRA Core, and other XML schemas and DTDs. Additionally, Ms. Wilson coordinated the OSU Libraries Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Program and served as co-chair on statewide EAD Task Force which developed content guidelines, best practices, tools, and training ideas for the Ohio archival community.

From Ms. Wilson: "Since my first day at the NTL I have felt very welcome in the transportation libraries community and I am looking forward to meeting everyone and becoming active in the Transportation Division and special libraries community at large."

Ms. Wilson serves on committees of ALA, ASIS&T and ACRL. Her research interests include collaborative metadata generation, interface design, and multi-contextual description to improve information access. Currently, Ms. Wilson is a doctoral candidate at George Washington University. She holds an M.S. Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in music from Emory University.

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Journal News from Elsevier

The Journal of Transport Geography has been accepted by Thomson Scientific for coverage in the Social Science Citation Index (see fuller announcement on Elsevier’s website at: www.elsevier.com/transportation).

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment is expanding from 6 to 8 issues per annum in 2007.

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Membership News

New members of the Transportation Division

Loree Elton
705 Center Place
Ottawa, IL 61350

Mona Heath
8213 Chivalry Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003

New Member Profile

Kendra Levine is the circulation manager at the Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library at UC Berkeley. Raised in Sacramento, CA, Kendra arrived in Berkeley in 2000 as an undergrad, pursuing a German and History major. She joined the Transportation Library in 2004­ as a student employee, and has stayed on as one of the Library’s most dedicated staff members. As one of her first projects, Kendra took on the daunting task of a complete stack shift, something that had been put off for at least 10 years and which has made the library much easier to use. In early 2004, Kendra studied Germanic Linguistics for a semester at the University of Göttingen in Germany through the University’s Study Abroad Program. Kendra is currently enrolled in Drexel University’s online Master of Science in Library and Information Science program. She finds the program exciting and rewarding.

In her spare time, Kendra can be found at KALX, UC Berkeley’s student-run radio station. She has volunteered there for six years, first as a producer on "KALX Live!," the station's live-music showcase, and currently as co-director of DJ training. Since starting library school, she unfortunately doesn’t have enough time to DJ regularly, but if you happen to be in the Bay Area and happen to tune to 90.7 FM in the wee hours of the morning, you might catch Kendra playing a random assortment of long songs.

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