A new report produced by Georgia Institute of Technology faculty for the Southeast Transportation Consortium (STC) and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC).

SYNTHESIS OF BEST PRACTICES FOR DETERMINING VALUE OF RESEARCH RESULTS

“The overall objective of this project is to synthesize the best practices for determining the value of research results in order to demonstrate the impact that the research has on transportation system features, such as safety, quality, and cost effectiveness. This synthesis presents a critical review of methods used for determining the value of transportation research. Furthermore, it is intended to identify various measures and data sources used for determining the value of research.”

Read Full report here on the LTRC website: http://www.ltrc.lsu.edu/pdf/2014/FR_512.pdf

 

This year’s theme is “Lives Change @Your Library”.

We use NLW  to reach out to our stakeholders in our transportation agencies and show off our services and value to the organization. This year the pooled fund members organize their own events and have brand new TKN brochures to hand out. They look fantastic and we’re very proud of this 2014 project. Check them out!

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MnDOT Library conducted a valuation/ROI study in 2013. Final materials are available here!

 

 

 

$51 Billion in funding in MAP-21 will expire in 2014. What comes next?

AASHTO | Nation at a Crossroads.

Our subscription to LibGuides is ready for action! Please log on to your account at http://libraryconnectivity.libguides.com/

I would like to see each of our libraries create their own or collaborate on a guide. We can create as many guides as we want. So that means we can have individual library guides, subject guides, regional guides, etc. Your guide can be customized for your library with your own banner and there are some great bells and whistles included in our subscription. I will be working on the code for a system-wide footer that tells everyone that the pooled fund made these guides possible for it’s members.

Let’s get to work and get some real value out of this for our patrons (and make our jobs easier)!

SLA 2014 in Vancouver, B.C. is closer than you think. Please contact us for travel approval letters and registration. Earlybird is best! The MoDOT policy for foreign travel is to use the current State Department per diem rates. See the link below for Canada, and note that Vancouver has two seasons.

U.S. Department of State January 2014 Per Diem Rates for Canada

 

From this month’s Library Journal.

How do you judge how much a scientific study or academic article has been used? You can see how frequently it’s cited, but since researchers and academics read and are influenced by plenty of things that don’t get formally checked in their work, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Researcher Philip Davis is trying to provide some new answers to that question by taking a look at ‘usage half-life,’ in an effort to learn more about the academic publishing life cycle.

Usage half-life is an estimate of how long it takes group of articles published in an online journal to reach one half of the number of downloads that they will ever have. Davis hopes the metric can contribute to the continuing conversation surrounding journal access, by giving everyone from librarians to policy makers a reliable, evidence-based tool for determining how journals are used by students, professors, and researchers. “The formation of good science policy should be guided by scientific evidence,” Davis told Library Journal. “Not speculation, and certainly not wishful thinking.”

New Study Identifies Half-Life of Journal Articles.