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Transportation Division Program
99th Annual Meeting
Special Libraries Association
Seattle, WA
June 13-19, 200


Program Coordinator: Send mail to: Connie Field, Portland Cement Association

Main Conference Site Links:
SLA 2008 Conference Web Site
Personal Conference Planner

Seattle Conference Wiki--restaurants, weather, etc.
Photos from the conference


All events are in the Convention Center unless otherwise noted

Saturday - June 14

7:00 pm

No-Host Dinner celebrating the Transportation Division's 65th anniversary

Join your colleagues at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery on Saturday, June 14, 2008 as we celebrate the Transportation Division's 65th anniversary! Spouses, significant others, and friends are welcome.

Location: Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1333 5th Avenue, located in Rainier Square on the corner of 5th Avenue & Union Street, just a few blocks from the conference center and hotels

RSVP to Seyem Petrites if you plan to attend

Sunday - June 15

8:00 am -
3:00 pm

GTRIC: Your Bridge to the Dynamic World of Transportation Information

GTRIC (Government Transportation Research Information Committee) is your ticket to successfully navigating the maze of transportation information. A guide to the players in transportation libraries and how they fit together will open the session. Then NTL will describe its role as a digital repository for your transportation documents and TRB will report results of the TRIS survey done earlier this year. A how-to segment will show you how to catalog a born digital document and use the Transportation Research Thesaurus to supplement subject headings. Better access to NTIS reports and catalog records will be outlined. The regional Transportation Knowledge Networks will update us on their activities. A management segment will address integrating your operation with your parent organization’s objectives. All that, and plenty of time to network with your colleagues – GTRIC is a something you shouldn’t miss!

Unit members only

Rita Evans, Library Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley


Sandra Tucker, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Matthew B. Barrett, Library Services Administrator, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority--Singing the Tune Management Wants to Hear (683 KB PowerPoint file)
Amanda Wilson, National Transportation Library
John Cherney, Head Librarian, Wisconsin DOT--MTKN Update (438 KB PowerPoint file)
John Gallwey, Cataloger, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley--Cataloging an Online Document (1.12 MB PowerPoint File) and Notes (45 KB pdf)
Barbara Post, Information Services Manager, Transportation Research Board--What is New with TRIS? (179 KB PowerPoint file)
Roberto Sarmiento, Head Librarian, Northwestern University Transportation Library
Bonnie Osif, Engineering Reference and Instruction Librarian, Pennsylvania State University--Transportation Libraries--A Guide to the Players (157 KB PowerPoint file) and Notes (31 KB pdf)
Kathy Szolomayer, Librarian, Washington State DOT
Connie Field, Information Services Manager, Portland Cement Association

SLA Unit: Transportation Division

Sponsored by: Elsevier

Ticketed event No. 440: $60.00

Monday - June 16

7:00 am -
8:30 am

Transportation Division Board of Directors

The annual board meeting is a great way to learn more about the division and all Transportation Division members are encouraged to attend. The board will review the past year’s Annual Conference and committee activities and will discuss plans for the year ahead. Join your colleagues and find out how you can be an active player in the Transportation Division.

Unit members only

Connie Field, Chair, Transportation Division; Portland Cement Association

SLA Unit: Transportation Division

Tuesday - June 17

9:00 am -
10:30 am

Alternative Fuels: Technologies for a Healthy Planet

Gasoline prices are soaring and global energy supplies are being squeezed. What potential do biofuels and other alternative fuels offer as a solution to this critical problem? Will we have to choose between growing crops for fuel and growing them for food? Dr. Richard Nelson, biodiesel expert and Director, Engineering Extension at Kansas State University, will demonstrate how biodiesel may be part of the answer. Alvetta Pindell, a subject specialist with the National Agricultural Library will discuss the wide variety of information resources on the subject of alternative fuels.

All attendees

Dr. Richard G. Nelson, Department Head and Director, Kansas State University Engineering Extension--Biodiesel: Benefits, Issues, & Opportunities (12.6 MB PowerPoint file)
Ms. Alvetta Pindell, Head of the Information and Research Services Branch, National Agricultural Library--
Alternative Fuels/Renewable Energy -- An emerging area of national concern (5.49 MB PowerPoint file), Alternative Fuels: Technologies for a Healthy Planet: Where to look on the Web (148 KB pdf file)

SLA Units: Transportation Division, Chemistry Division, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition Division, Science-Technology Division

Sponsored by: CAS, Thomson Scientific

11:00 am -
12:30 pm

Transportation Division Annual Business Meeting

Mark the occasion of the Transportation Division’s 65th anniversary at the Annual Business Meeting and Lunch. During the business meeting, we’ll review current and planned activities at the annual conferences and projects undertaken by our committees. There will be ample opportunity for networking with your colleagues. Join you fellow division members for this once-a-year event!

Unit members only

Connie Field, Chair, Transportation Division; Portland Cement Association

SLA Unit: Transportation Division

Ticketed event No. 780: $20.00

8:00 pm -
10:00 pm
Sheraton Hotel,
Grand A

Transportation, Government Information, Petroleum & Energy Resources, and Solo Librarians Divisions Joint Open House

Attend this fun evening event and celebrate the Transportation Division's 65th Anniversary! Network with colleagues in our own Division as well as those in the event's cosponsoring Divisions--Government Division, Solo Librarians Division, and Petroleum & Energy Division. Enjoy a nice layout of appetizers and cash bar.

Unit members only

SLA Units: Transportation Division, Government Information Division, Petroleum & Energy Resources Division, Solo Librarians Division

Sponsored by: American Society of Civil Engineers, InfoCurrent, Swets