We are excited about our annual meeting at the University of Michigan next week! We are meeting again with our TKN colleagues and are proud to be able to make these face-to-face meetings happen for these vital partners.

If you can’t join us in Ann Arbor, you’re welcome to participate in the open sessions online!

Annual Meeting Open Sessions
September 9-10, 2014 – Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
WebEx: http://tinyurl.com/PFAM99
Dial in: 573-526-3993, Teleconference ID 21948#

9:35-9:45 am
Steve Bower, Michigan DOT Engineer of Research Administration
MDOT Research Program overview

9:45-10:45 am
Data Management & Curation – Elaine L. Westbrooks, Associate Librarian for Research, University of Michigan
Elaine is the administrator and coordinator of the long and short-term objectives for the UM Libraries’ support of the research enterprise. She is also the primary representative of the Libraries on committees and forums at the state, national, and international level for matters related to data management and research support.

1:00-4:00 pm
LibGuides Workshop – Laura Harris, Springshare
Laura offers technical support and training as part of her responsibilities at Springshare. She is a librarian by training and inclination, and her research interests are mentoring, usability and user experience, and teaching and training. http://help.springshare.com/profile/laura

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
WebEx: http://tinyurl.com/PFAM910
Dial in: 573-526-3993, Teleconference ID 21948#

11:30 am
UMTRI’s Safety Pilot Model Deployment Project: Connected-Vehicle Technology – Francine Romine, UMTRI’s Director of Marketing and Communications

As part of their technology transfer mandate the Nevada DOT Research Division has launched their new Research Blog!  Here you will find news about their program, including links to the latest research reports.

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The July Kaleidoscope is here. Read all the latest news from our SLA Transportation Division colleagues>

Kaleidoscope July 2014 | Transportation Division.

Thank you for the update, Janet Daly, Senior Abstractor at TRB for helping us improve of TRIS searches.

New preferred terms added to the TRT; terms with names that have been changed to reflect current terminology; new non-preferred terms; and, terms that were considered but declined.

New terms added:
Vulnerable road users (Mv)
Data analysis (Xbka)
Social media (Dsbc)
Walkability (Bxa)
Electric vehicle charging (Fmvrc)
Web applications (Xbkjw)

Terms with new names:
Mechanically stabilized earth (Rbmdbj) has replaced Reinforced earth
Vehicle to infrastructure communications (Dsbnu) has replaced Vehicle to roadside communications
Information processing (Xbk) has replaced Data processing

New nonpreferred terms:
Situation awareness, situational awareness USE Alertness (Mxrc)
Eco driving, Ecodriving USE Sustainable transportation (Epduts)
EV charging USE Electric vehicle charging (Fmvrc)
Thermal cracking USE Thermal degradation (Jbyt)
Naturalistic driving data USE Automatic data collection systems (Xbkcb)
Biotechnology USE Technology (Tt) (Note: Biotechnology was a preferred term that the committee demoted to non-preferred status)

Terms considered but declined:
Bicycle safety. To capture this concept, use Bicycles (Qbdhb) and Vehicle Safety (Haav) OR use Bicycling (Aexb) and Traffic Safety (Haat).
Highway administration. Use Highway Operations (Bqd) OR use Highways (Pmrccdh) and Administration (Caa).

GovernmentAttic.org filed a FOIA request with Amtrak for a database of Amtrak Train Stations.

In response to the FOIA request, Amtrak provided the database, which is now posted at the GovernmentAttic.org website:

AMTRAK database of train stations, 2012
http://www.governmentattic.org/7docs/AMTRAK-Stations-Database_2012.xls

I meant to send these pics out a while ago. The library open house was a success thanks to a lot of help from my cataloger, Chris.

Of course I was so excited to see folks that it took a minute to click in my head that I should be snapping pictures. YIKES!

Chris snapped a bunch of pics too.  I may get around to sending those out but I at least wanted to share these with you guys and thank you for your support.

 

 

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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