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Transportation Division Bulletin
Kaleidoscope: News of TRN Members

September 2005


Rita Evans Receives 2005 Chapter Professional Achievement Award

Click University Notes

Upcoming MTKN Conference

TRB Projects of Interest

Major Events in Québec and Montréal in 2006

New Books from Elsevier

Membership News


Rita Evans Receives 2005 Chapter Professional Achievement Award
[Reprinted from Bayline, the bulletin of the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter]

The San Francisco Bay Region Chapter's annual Professional Achievement Award recognizes a member who has made notable and enduring contributions to the Chapter and the profession. Join me in congratulating Rita Evans, our 2005 recipient. A positive force in our chapter and an enthusiastic mentor to many of our members, Rita is a natural leader, an invaluable team-player, and an author/editor-extraordinaire!

“You have no idea how much this means to me,” Rita said on being told of her award. “To be chosen by my peers in this outstanding chapter is simply wonderful! I remember being terrified going to my first few chapter events because I didn’t know anyone, but Beth Edelstein, Tim DeWolf, Cris Campbell, Marie Tilson, Jean Sansobrino, Linda Vida, and many, many others welcomed and mentored me. I’ve tried to follow their example in reaching out to new members and I treasure the enduring friendships I’ve made through SLA.”

Active in SLA for 27 years and with the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter since 1986, Rita was Chapter President from 1997 to 1998. During her tenure she revamped committees and initiated the annual Past Presidents Dinner. She has also chaired the Tours, Public Relations and Strategic Planning committees and served on the Professional Development, Program and Web committees.

In 1992, Rita began a three-year stint as Bayline editor. “While producing the bulletin sometimes had me in tears the night before a deadline, as with every commitment I’ve made to the chapter, I certainly got back as much as I gave. It was great producing a tangible product every two months. And anyone who knows me knows how I love to expound on topics great and small; writing 40 pieces for Bayline between 1988 and 1996 let me do that.”

On the division level in SLA, Rita was one of the founders and the second Convener of the Solo Librarians Caucus, now one of the association’s larger divisions. Rita joined the Transportation Division in 2002, edited its newsletter from 2002 to 2003 and was elected a division board member as Secretary/Treasurer in 2003.

After almost 25 years in corporate libraries at Gulf Oil, Westinghouse and Dolby Laboratories, in 2001 Rita became Reference Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies Library.

Away from work, Rita’s idea of a perfect day includes hiking on Mount Tamalpais and listening to the SF Giants on the radio while gardening. Her leisure reading tends towards short stories, natural history and the history of technology, and “I never, ever miss an issue of Sports Illustrated.” As the Right Reverend Rita (aka the Reverend Champagne), she designs and officiates at one-of-a-kind wedding ceremonies.

You’re one-of-a-kind yourself, Rita. Thank you for all you have done for us.

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Click University Notes
By Julia Daniel, Reference Librarian, UMTRI Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Click University, an online learning community especially for SLA members, was launched at this year's annual conference. Click University offers 320 courses via 10 different course libraries. Courses are priced between $19 and $249 and are available in six-month and yearly subscriptions. The Courses Library contains a diverse selection of classes along with detailed course descriptions. Courses are divided into two sections: Professional Improvement Libraries and Information Studies. Professional Improvement Libraries offers courses in leadership management, organizational and professional improvement, personal development, and office applications. The Information Studies section is composed of seminars, continuing education courses, and annual conferences sessions.

This fall's schedule focuses on digital licensing and copyright. The following courses are offered in either a 5- or 8-week increment:
Digital Licensing Online Fall 2005 Sep 05-Nov 04, 2005
Digital Content Management Fall 2005 5 & 8 week Sep 05-Dec 02, 2005
U.S. Copyright Law Online Fall 2005 Sep 05-Oct 28, 2005
Practical International Copyright Law Fall 2005 Oct 10-Oct 28, 2005
Managing Copyright Online Fall 2005-5 week version Nov 07-Dec 09,2005
Canadian Copyright Law Online Fall - 5 week version Nov 07-Dec 09,2005

There's also a weblog for discussion and comments by students and faculty of Click U (under Student Center/Student Lounge). Several announcements from SLA regarding new offerings and updates to the site are posted here. Note that some web sections, such as Library under Learning at Click U and Bookstore under Student Center, are still under construction.

Stay tuned for more news regarding these emerging sites and new offerings by Click University.

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Upcoming MTKN Conference

Meet with your colleagues at the "Knowledge & Library Connectivity Conference", a joint program featuring the fifth annual meeting of the Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network (MTKN, www.mtkn.org) and the first meeting of participants in the Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study Consortium. The latter group now consists of ten state DOTs (KS, LA, MN, MT, OH, OR, PA, TN, WA, and WI) and the Midwest Regional University Transportation Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The meeting will be held October 19-21, 2005 at the Kansas City Airport Marriot, Kansas City, Missouri and is open to all interested transportation librarians and professionals. Further information is available at http://www.mtkn.org/annualmtg_Oct05.htm or by contacting Arlene Mathison, arlene.mathison@tc.umn.edu, (612) 624 3646, chair of MTKN or Nina McLawhorn, nina.mclawhorn@dot.state.wi.us, (608) 266-3199, lead state liaison for the pooled fund project.

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TRB Projects of Interest

Barbara Post has informed us about two TRB Projects which might be of interest to the Transportation Division. They are:

TRB’s Committee for Transportation Information Management: A Strategy for the Future held its third and final meeting August 15-16, 2005, in Washington, D.C. The committee has been charged with providing strategic advice to the federal government and the states regarding a sustainable administrative structure and funding mechanism for meeting the information services needs of the transportation sector. The committee will define the core services that need to be provided, identify how they should be provided, and suggest options for funding. The committee’s final report is expected to be completed by early 2006. For further information see: http://www4.nationalacademies.org/webcr.nsf/ProjectScopeDisplay/SAIS-P-03-02-A?OpenDocument.

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is conducting a synthesis to identify the practices followed by each state department of transportation for the management of older documents and other forms of knowledge relevant to the department's history. This will address both program and policy issues, and project details. Nelda Bravo and Laurel Clark are panel members. The consultant will be Maryanne Ward. For further information see: http://www4.nas.edu/trb/synthsis.nsf/All+Projects/Synthesis+37-02.

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Major Events in Québec and Montréal in 2006
by Nicole Brind’Amour, Ministère des Transports du Québec

Transports Québec is organizing or collaborating in the organization of a few international events to come in 2006.

Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) 2006 will be hold in Québec City from June 4 to 6, 2006. You will find all the information to transmit to your colleagues at the following address http://www.nasto2006.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/.

Québec City will also be hosting the 10th International Conference on Asphalt Pavements (ISAP Québec 2006) from August 12 to 17. Visit the website http://www.icap2006.fsg.ulaval.ca/english/english.htm and find all the information needed.

The 7th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges will be presented in Montréal from August 23 to 25, 2006. The website address is http://www.conferenceponts2006.com/main.html.

Finally, and more specifically for our Canadian colleagues, the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (GTRF) will take place in Québec City from May 28-31st. You can find information at the following address http://www.ctrf.ca/.

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Membership News

New members of the Transportation Division

Joan O'Connell
Unisys Corporation
Global Marketing Research
Unisys Way
Blue Bell, PA 19424-0001

Ellen Sanders
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
1005 N Glebe Rd
Ste 800
Arlington, VA 22201-5718

A new position

After working 15 years in transportation libraries, Christine Harris has decided to expand her horizons. She has left the San Francisco Airport Commission’s Aviation Library and is now situated at the San Francisco Public Library as the new Acquisitions Manager.

Christine can be reached at:

Christine L. Harris, Acquisitions Manager
San Francisco Public Library
190 9th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103-2603
Tel: 415-557-4320
Fax: 415-557-4324

Member publications

John Cherney, Wisconsin DOT library, recently published an article titled "A font by any other name would spell as neat" in the Wisconsin SLA Chapter e-journal SLANT, available at http://www.sla.org/chapter/cwi/techtips.htm

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