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


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!

Free Poster Download!>>>


Last month, the Center for Transportation Studies and the MnDOT Library hosted the joint annual meetings of the Transportation Library Connectivity & Development Pooled Fund Study TPF-5(237), the Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network (MTKN), and the Western Transportation Knowledge Network (WTKN). Librarians from fourteen state DOTs, several universities, the Portland Cement Association, and the National Transportation Library met on the University of Minnesota campus and at MnDOT’s Central Office building, with some members attending portions of the meetings remotely. Read more and see pics here.

The MTKN  2012 synthesis is available!

This report provides a list of metrics, facts and figures from 41 state Departments of Transportation (DOTs). The result of a comprehensive literature search, it can be used to compare states.

DOT State Stats

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Here’s the video produced by the Oklahoma DOT. Many thanks to Ron Curb, OKDOT and the RAC TKN Taskforce – this will be used widely to inform stakeholders and grow the TKNs.

MnDOT Library learned this week that we have won an ALA 2012 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award!!

From the ALA website:

“One of the most prestigious awards given by the American Library Association (ALA) is the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, honoring outstanding library public relations, which is provided by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA, a division of the American Library Association), in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation and EBSCO Publishing.”  The award is open to all types and sizes of libraries.

And from the official announcement:

“The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) created the “moving knowledge” campaign to convey updated space and resources and improve outreach efforts. The space redesign transformed the library from a “bland government” look to a warm and inviting environment. The eye-catching marketing campaign succeeded in bringing in new MnDOT users from throughout the state. The Grand Reopening Event drew 65 percent more attendees than the last Open House, and daily visits to the library increased 1000 percent.”

Congratulations to Sheila Hatchell and her amazing staff: Jim Byerly – Electronic Resources Librarian; Qin Tang –  Technical Services Librarian; Karen Neinstadt – Reference and Outreach Librarian; Pam Gonzalez – Library Technician; Christie Schultz – Library Intern; and former Project Librarian – Anne Shelley.

We are so proud of you guys!