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1997 Transportation Division Programs
Seattle, WA

Last modified: 06-05-97
Any recent schedule changes will be in RED

SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 1997
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

"Resources and Challenges for the Transportation Information Specialist" [Westin Hotel]

Sponsored by the TRN Government Transportation Research Information Committee (GTRIC)

Transportation professionals from Canada and the United States will update librarians on the status of transportation resources and challenges in both countries.

Moderator: Claudia Devlin, Washington State Dept. of Transportation


  • Ray Griffith, U.S. Federal Highway Administration [topic: information sharing, technology transfer at FHWA]
  • Sharon Millman, U.S. Dept. of Transportation Library [topic: U.S. DOT home page and bringing up the U.S. DOT catalog on the Internet]
  • Shaun Moran, Client Services Manager, Library Research Services, Transport Canada [topic: ongoing changes at Transport Canada}
  • David Batty, Principal Investigator, Transportation Research Thesaurus Project [topic: short training session on the new Transportation Research Thesaurus and its use in searching TRIS]


Ticketed event #210: $35.00 per person; includes refreshments and lunch (correct as of 02-10-97)


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Opening - Claudia Devlin
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Ray Griffith, Chief FHWA Office of Technology Applications: Technology Management Division.
Topic: Information sharing, technology transfer at FHWA
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Shaun Moran, Client Services Manager, Library Research, Transport Canada
Topic: Ongoing changes in Transport Canada
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Discussion
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Sharon Millman, Catalog Librarian, TASC Library/U.S. Department of Transportation
Topic: U.S. DOT home page and bringing the U.S. DOT catalog on the Internet.
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. David Batty, Principal Investigator, Transportation Research Project, CDB Enterprises, Inc.
Topic: Will do a short training session on the New Transportation Reserach Thesaurus and its use in searching TRIS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 1997
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

1996/97 Board Meeting [Sheraton Hotel, Division Suite]

Moderator: Sandra Tucker, Texas Transportation Institute

SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 1997
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Open House [Sheraton Hotel]

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1997
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast [Conference Center Rm. 607]

Meet incoming Division Chair Sandra L. Tucker, visit with other Division members and learn about recent and upcoming Division activities.

Moderator: Nelda Bravo, U.S. Federal Highway Administration


Ticketed event #335: $15.00 per person (correct as of 2-10-97)
If you don't have your ticket yet, please register at the conference.
[Cold breakfast buffet]

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1997
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

"Achieving a Sustainable Environment" [Convention Center, Rm. 602-603]

Sponsored by the Engineering, Petroleum & Energy Resources and Transportation Divisions

Learn about programs and people that help our communities evolve toward a sustainable environment. Join in discussions of innovative policies being developed that integrate local needs and knowledge into effective actions for quality community life.

Moderator: Ray Griffith, U.S. Federal Highway Administration

Speakers: Angela Park, President's Council on Sustainable Development; Dominic Spaethling, FHWA/University of Pennsylvania

Vendor support provided by JANE'S INFORMATION GROUP.

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1997
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

"Transportation Uses of Inmagic Databases" [Convention Center, Rm. 601]

Sponsored by the TRN Networking Committee

This session looks at how Inmagic databases are utilized by three Transportation Division libraries and information centers; panel participants come from university and corporate settings. Discussion will focus on in-house applications of Inmagic databases as well as the challenges encountered when mounting Inmagic databases on the Internet.

Moderator: Dan Krummes, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Speakers: Bob Sweet, University of Michigan Transportation Research Information Center; Maryanne Ward, PACCAR; Seyem Petrites, PATH Database, University of California at Berkeley; Steven Morris, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Vendor support provided by INMAGIC INC.

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1997
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

"Association Information Services Roundtable--formerly the Trade and Professional Association Roundtable" [Sheraton Hotel]

Sponsored by the Association Information Services Caucus and the Transportation Division

Join us this year as we effectively use the traditional "roundtable" format to put speaker and attendee face-to-face. After a successful roundtable in 1996, we have listened to you and again designed the 1997 in the same way. Topics discussed will be of interest to anyone affiliated with an association on non-profit organization. In addition, we welcome all interested SLA members to the Association Information Services Second Annual Reception & Tea -- proudly sponsored by Gale Research Inc. scheduled for 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Monday. See you then!

Moderator: Christine I. Romboletti, National Association of Convenience Stores

Vendor support provided by ENGINEERING INFORMATION INC.

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1997
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

"Roundtable: Fee-Based Services" [Convention Center, Rm. 601]

Whether you are already providing fee-based services or just contemplating the idea, these roundtable discussions will be useful. Each topic will have a facilitator with prior experience in providing fee-based services, who will encourage everyone to participate in the discussion. The session will be divided into three separate groups on the following topics:

  1. Providing fee-based reference and research services
    Facilitator: Hema Ramachandran, Northwestern University

  2. Marketing and promotion
    Facilitator: Linda Rothbart, American Trucking Associations

  3. Outsourcing
    Facilitator: Steve Coffman, County of Los Angeles Public Library

  4. Developing and designing publications
    Facilitator: Sommers Pierce, American Trucking Associations and Dorothy Ramm, Northwestern University

Moderator: Janice Dluzynski, Northwestern University Transportation Library

Vendor support provided by JANE'S INFORMATION GROUP.

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1997
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Open House [Sheraton Hotel]

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 1997
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

"So You Want to Start a Clearinghouse ..." [Convention Center, Rm. 303]

Come prepared to learn from the front line experiences of transportation information professionals who've successfully created and/or nurtured a clearinghouse operation. Perspectives will range from new start-ups to established ventures, from print to virtual repositories. We will examine how and why to start a clearinghouse and explore ways to best maximize its impact and minimize your effort.

Moderator: Bonnie Osif, Pennsylvania State University

Speakers: Laura Hazan, Institute of Transportation Engineers; Renée McHenry, Northwestern University; Lisa Pogue, American Public Works Association; Lois Widmer, Center for Transportation and the Environment

Vendor support provided by SILVERPLATTER INFORMATION.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 1997
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

"Preserving the Record" [Convention Center, Rm. 201]

Sponsored by the Museums, Arts & Humanities and Transportation Divisions and Women's Issues Caucus

How will future generations gain access to documents, artifacts and other historical pieces given today's trend toward electronic record keeping. How do we know what we're missing? What happens to things taken off the shelves or removed from public access. Come find out how these experts are working to preserve our legacy.

Moderator: Nelda Bravo, U.S. Federal Highway Administration

Speakers: William Withuhn, Curator of Transportation History, Smithsonian Institution; JoAn Segal, Women of the West Museum

Vendor support provided by KNIGHT-RIDDER INFORMATION.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

"International Committee Meeting -- Part I" [Convention Center, Rm. 205]

The morning will feature speakers from various countries, including a discussion on the future of the IRRD and international networking and information exchange.

Moderator: Donald Symmes, FHWA International Programs


  • Roberto Sarmiento, Chief, Technical Resource Center, Panama Canal Commission. Problems and challenges of information exchange in a developing country.
  • Bob Zarnetske, BTS. Development of a Transportation Library.
  • Marlene Choukroun, INRETS. Update on IRRD.

A coffee break will be provided at no additional charge.

Vendor support provided by FAXON CO.

2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

"International Committee Meeting -- Part II" [Convention Center, Rm. 205]

The afternoon session will include breakout sessions for task forces on Mentoring (Renée McHenry, Chair), Collection Development (Dan Krummes, Chair) and Networking (Jeanne Thomas, Chair).

Moderator: Michael Kleiber

This is NOT a ticketed event; the $5.00 charge listed in the preliminary program is incorrect.

6:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Field Trip: Wild Orcas of the San Juan Islands

Full-day cruise travels from Everett up Saratoga Pass, through Deception Pass, and into the San Juans. An on-board naturalist guides our watch for the wild orcas, as well as Minke Whales, seals, sea lions, eagles and sea birds. Oh, and keep an eye peeled for Washington DOT's bridge across Deception Pass, its ferries and other landmark transportation features!

Vendor support provided by COUNTERPOINT PUBLISHING.

Ticketed event #600: $79.00 per person (correct as of 2-10-97); includes cost of the ticket and transportation from the conference site to the Everett WA harbor and return. Lunch is not included but beverages, snacks and sandwiches are sold onboard the Mosquito Fleet boat. Trip maximum is 42 people (as of 3-28-97, the trip sold out but SLA has now added a second bus to accomodate the overflow). We believe the boat has a capacity around 120-140 persons.