Transportation Librarians know he DIY patron, but do we know how to serve them? How do you help the DIY-er understand that they “don’t know what they don’t know” and get them the most complete set of results possible? It’s not easy serving patrons who aren’t convinced they have something to learn about the *process* of research. But we’ve found a workshop from ALA TechSource that attempts to serve these patrons and equip them for better research going forward.

Serving the DIY Patron at the Point of Need was presented on 5/16/13 by Meredith Farkas. The recording and slides are available now on our Members Only page.

Hi Members and Partners! The first quarter report is now available on the TPF site.

Quarterly Report: January – March 2013


The Digital Public Library of America has launched a new website! The new platform aggregates digital resources from libraries and museums across the United States.

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Who wants in on an RDA Toolkit Subscription? We have been offered a consortium discount schedule ranging from 5%-15% discount, depending on the number of members who opt in. It’s very cost effective to begin with at $195 per library, with a host of options to suit our needs. After looking at the pricing options, I think Option #2 fits us best and gives us a %10 discount and ALA has agreed to give us a single invoice and the ability to administer the group account with a single username and password, which is usually reserved for Option 3 (saving us $325!). RDA Tooklit Pricing – 3 options explained. **Please indicate your participation in the group subscription in this poll.

Access to AACR2 via Cataloger’s Desktop after March 31, 2013

In January 2012 the Library of Congress announced that it would transition from AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition) to RDA (Resource Description and Access) on March 31, 2013. AACR2 is currently available via LC’s web-based cataloging documentation subscription service, Cataloger’s Desktop, as well as through RDA Toolkit. In keeping with LC’s decision to switch from AACR2 to RDA, Cataloger’s Desktop will simultaneously change how access to AACR2 is provided.

On April 1, 2013, if you subscribe to both Cataloger’s Desktop and RDA Toolkit (which includes an online version of AACR2), you will continue to have access to AACR2. If you subscribe to Cataloger’s Desktop but not to RDA Toolkit and want online access to AACR2, you will need to establish an RDA Toolkit subscription at .



Transportation Librarians RoundtableThe Transportation Librarians Roundtable series features speakers and open forums for learning and discussion on topics and technologies that affect our profession. Roundtables are held (with noted exceptions) on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.

Mark your calendars – these TLRs are not to be missed!

Upcoming Sessions

  • January 24, 2013
    TOPIC:Resource Description and Access (RDA): Practical Insitights on Implementation for Authority Records
    SPEAKER: Paul R. Burley, Northwestern University Transportation Library
  • February 14, 2013
    TOPIC: Searching Through the Invisible Web: Finding Hidden Resources on the Internet
    SPEAKER: Jennifer Klang, Reference Librarian for the U.S. Department of Interior
  • March 14, 2013
    TOPIC: Web Scale Discovery
    SPEAKER: Leighton Christiansen, Iowa Department of Transportation

How to participate

To participate, access the following web site:
Phone number (for audio portion): 1-800-832-0736
Conference Room Number (passcode): 5545493

The population of e-book readers is growing. In the past year, the number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell from 72% of the population ages 16 and older to 67%.

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines | Pew Internet Libraries