The 2012 National TKN meeting is happening today (now) in Chicago. We’re meeting at the Chicago Public Library from 9am-3pm, so join us if you can! (800)832-0736; https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/translibrarian
With the close of the SLA annual meeting in Chicago, I’m hearing good things about this year’s GRTIC meeting and other Transportation Division sponsored events. Please share your conference experience with us!
Here it is, from US DOT, MAP-21 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act”, H.R. 4348
The NTKN is mentioned in the context of the language regarding NTL:
‘(8) coordinate efforts among, and cooperate with, transportation libraries, information providers, and technical assistance centers, with the goal of developing a comprehensive transportation information and knowledge network that supports the activities described in section 6302(b)(3)(B).”
‘‘(2) CONTRACTS, GRANTS, AND AGREEMENTS.—The Library may initiate and support specific information and data management, access, and exchange activities relating to the strategic goals of the Department, knowledge networking, and national and international cooperation, by entering into contracts or other agreements or providing grants.”
Hi All, I’m in Irvine (TRB Beckman Center-nice!) representing the pooled fund and as a panel coordinator for the the workshop. As a member of the planning committee, I tried to get people here who would articulate and advocate for the libraries’ essential role in systematic, collaborative information sharing. We’re promoting the TKN concept as a facilitator of information sharing and chose to make it topic focused so that people would see clearly why we’re so committed to the TKNs and more importantly that they see how it will benefit their work – fewer fatalities and safer roads.
Our NTKN cohorts are all taking copious notes, so we will have lots to report to you all next Thursday in Chicago!
July 6, 2012 – A two year bill passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support with more than $100 billion in funding to be spent on highway, mass transit and other transportation programs through 2014.