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Transportation Division Program
91st Annual Meeting
Special Libraries Association
Philadelphia, PA
June 10-15, 2000

Program Coordinator: Send mail to: Mary Silva, Arizona Department of Transportation

Last modified: 3-16-2000

Saturday - June 10

6:00pm - 8:00pm No Host Dinner

Start the conference off by meeting with fellow Division members for dinner. We will meet in the Lobby of the Marriott Hotel for a no-host dinner. The restaurant selection will be discussed on the Division discussion list (TRANLIB) prior to the conference. 

- Dorothy Finn, GRA, Inc.

Sunday - June 11

8:30am - 3:00pm Government Transportation Research Information Committee Meeting (GTRIC)

The GTRIC program provides a forum for presentations and discussions of practical issues of interest to state, provincial, and other government transportation librarians. This year’s program focuses on using TRIS Online; soliciting input for the TRB Research-in-Progress database, currently under development; practical applications of the Transportation thesaurus; and updates on the NTL, NCHRP project 20-36, etc.

Nelda Bravo, Federal Highway Administration

- Rich Harris, Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation
- Cindy Sparkman, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
- Chris Berendes, consultant to Bureau of Transportation Statistics
- Jeanne Thomas, Michigan Dept. of Transportation
- Hank Zalatel, Iowa Dept. of Transportation
- Judy Gutshall, Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation
- Cheryl Bodan, Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation
- Barbara Post, Transportation Research Board
- Barbara Thomas Harder, B.T. Harder, Inc.

Sponsored by: Ebsco Information Services

Ticketed event


Monday - June 12

12:00pm - 1:15pm Visit the Exhibits: Including a Scavenger Hunt

Transportation Divison members will meet by the main entrance to the Exhibit Hall. This is your chance to view the exhibits with other Division members. We will also have a scavenger hunt for transportation related products in the Exhibits. There will be a prize for the first ten winners. 

- Mary Silva, Arizona Dept. of Transportation
- Dorothy Finn, GRA, Inc.

Sponsored by: Elsevier Science

1:30pm - 2:45pm Conducting the Reference Interview by E-Mail & Intranet

Are you successfully handling e-mail reference requests? This session will include: reasons to approach the e-mail reference interview in a systematic way, hints on ways to avoid potential problems, why the use of a form will help the process, and the relationship between e-mail reference interviews and telephone/ in-person interaction. 

- Dr. Eileen Abels, Univ. of Maryland
- Ann Sweeney, European Commission Delegation
- Colleen Shannon, Hershey Foods
- Eileen Deegan, U.S. Dept. of State

Co-Sponsoring Division: 
Business/ Finance

Sponsored by: Lexis - Nexis Group


3:00pm - 4:30pm Sources of Information in Transportation - Live!

Get a preview of the Transportation Division's planned SOURCES OF INFORMATION IN TRANSPORTATION (5th edition) at this panel discussion featuring 6 Division members describing the resources (print, CD, Internet, etc.) that they cannot live without. Each panelist will cover a major topic in transportation. 

- Dan Krummes, University of California, Berkeley

- Susan Dresley, Volpe National Transportation System Center
- Michael Kleiber, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley
- Sue Ann Connaughton, Volpe National Transportation System Center
- Karen Mayers, Leigh Fisher Associates
- Lois Widmer, Center for Transportation and the Environment, University of North Carolina
- Janet Bix, Ohio Department of Transportation

Sponsored by: Inmagic, Inc.

9:00pm - 11:00pm Open House

Sponsored by: Factiva, A Dow Jones & Reuters Company
and The Dialog Corporation

Tuesday - June 13

12:00pm - 1:15pm Business Meeting / Luncheon

- Mary Silva, Arizona Dept. of Transportation

Ticketed event

Sponsored by: American Society of Civil Engineers
and SilverPlatter Information

1:30pm - 3:00pm The Current Status of National Transportation Programs

Representatives from the Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration will present the current status and future plans for library related projects in their organization. Here is your chance to hear more about national projects, including the National Transportation Library, TRIS Online, and the new Research in Progress database.

- James Olivetti, American Public Transit Association

- Barbara Post, Transportation Research Board
- A. George Ostensen, Federal Highway Administration
- Henry Nejako, Federal Transit Administration


3:00pm - 4:30pm Selecting a WebPAC

We'll discuss factors to consider when choosing a WebPAC. What features should you look for? How to choose a WebPAC that will grow with your library and the fast-paced change of the internet.

- Quinn Koller, MapQuest.com Inc.

Co-Sponsoring Division: 
Solo Division (lead) 

6:00pm - 8:00pm All-Sciences & Technologies Reception: "Tacking into the Future"

Meet and greet your colleagues and enjoy wind, hors d'oeuvres, and live music. View the maritime history events, along with panoramic views of the city skyline and the Delaware River at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn's Landing. Transportation by Philadelphia Trolley Works.

Co-Sponsoring Divisions:
Science Technology Division (lead); Petroleum and Energy Resources Division; Information Technology Division; Biological Science Division; Pharmaceutical Division; Physics, Astronomy, Math Division; Environmental & Resource Management Division

Sponsored by: Faxon, RoweCom Academic Services

Wednesday - June 14

7:30am - 9:00am Executive Board Meeting

- Laura Whayne, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 

Sponsored by: Jane's Information Group

11:30am - 12:45pm NTIS Update

What is the NTIS? Why is it getting all the media attention? Where has it been and what is it's future? These and other issues will be discussed.

Co-Sponsor Divisions: 
Petroleum and Energy Resources Division (lead)
Military Librarians Division

1:00pm - 2:15pm International Transportation and Information: Reports from the field

Several representatives from international transportation organizations will discuss new initiatives and program successes. 

- Bonnie Osif, Pennsylvania State University

- Larry Decina, Scientex
- Donald Symmes, Federal Highway Administration, Office of International Programs
- Roberto Sarmiento, Northwestern University
- Jerry Baldwin, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Sponsored by: Jane's Information Group

You can download the "International Guide to Highway Transportation Information", February, 2000 (pdf format) - FHWA, Office of International Programs

Thursday - June 15

9:00am - 4:00pm Hagley Museum and Library Tour

A bus trip to the renowned Hagley Museum, including a 2-hour guided tour of the 240-acre site. Demonstrations include gun powder manufacturing, machine shop, blacksmith shop, restored cotton mill, Sunday school, and a tour of the original E.I. duPont home and gardens. Luncheon will be followed by a presentation by the Hagley staff, and a tour of the library, whose specialty is industrial history. Over 1,000 companies are represented in the archives of the library. 

Co-sponsoring divisions: 
Science-Technology Division (lead) 
Information Technology 

Ticketed event

Sponsored by: NRC / CISTI