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About the Study

Final Report 2005-2010
Work Plan 2009
Year Four Report-Fiscal Year 2009
Year Three Report-Fiscal Year 2008
Interim Report November 2007-Fiscal Years 2006-2007
Quarterly Reports of Progress

Oregon DOT meetingDuring its first three years of operation (2006 and 2008), the Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study was instrumental in improving access to transportation information and building awareness of the importance of library services and Transportation Knowledge Networks.

Through the work of the pooled fund members, both individually and collectively, and the work of the pooled fund consultants, there has been much progress:

These accomplishments and many others are captured in the Year Three Report-Fiscal Year 2008, of the Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study. While pooled fund members have many of the same needs as they did two years ago, the landscape has changed somewhat, calling for fine-tuning of study objectives. In view of pooled fund accomplishments and a changing landscape of library and information services for transportation, we will turn our attention to new challenges while continuing to build on what has been done.

Work Plan for 2009

TAC members worked closely with the pooled fund consultants to arrive at the following objectives for 2008. They are aimed at helping members raise the level of service they provide to their DOT customers and at communicating to top management the value of information services and the highly trained professionals who provide them.

  1. Technical guidance and support to members, focused on the smaller libraries and solo librarians. Support activities will include such things as site visits, advice on cataloging, interlibrary loan procedures, integrated library systems and library Web presence (Internet and Intranet).
  2. Quarterly topic oriented teleconferences of pooled fund members to enable sharing of best practices and new ideas.
  3. Promotion of the value and importance of transportation library and information services to top-level transportation administrators throughout the country through targeted activities, such as:
    • Feature articles that vividly tell the stories of library and information professionals helping agencies save time, money and lives. (See TRNews March/April, No. 261)
    • Presentations to gatherings of top-level DOT administrators, such as meetings of AASHTO committees (Highways, Planning, Environment, Highway Traffic Safety).
    • Poster session for the TRB 2009 Annual Meeting that features top-level transportation administrators pointing to the value of their libraries in critical endeavors at the heart of their agencies' missions.
  4. Second edition of the Transportation Librarian's Toolkit and a workshop emphasizing how it can be used with top-level administrators to demonstrate the range and value of library and information services.
  5. Annual meeting to conduct pooled fund business and prepare for FFY2010.
  6. Continued enhancement of the project Web site as a one-stop shop for pooled fund resources and business, including the tracking and reporting of relevant state, regional and national efforts.
  7. Support of members in their efforts to strengthen regional Transportation Knowledge Networks.
  8. Collaboration with the National Transportation Library, the new AASHTO RAC Task Group on TKNs, TRB LIST and others, including retired transportation librarians, to enhance communication between transportation librarians and the transportation research community and to build broader support for and funding of a national network of transportation libraries among top-level transportation administrators at the state and federal level.
  9. Facilitation of payment of OCLC and TLCat subscriptions for eligible pooled fund members.
  10. Implementation of focused research and technology projects, as proposed by members, on specific topics, such as: increased sharing of resources through the TKN Resource Sharing Pilot Project, Expansion of the California LTAP G3 program to other states, Preservation and transfer of historic ASTM standards 1935-1999, and others.

Quarterly Reports of Progress

June 2010
March 2010
December 2009
September 2009
June 2009
March 2009
December 2008
Interim Report November 2007
September 2008
June 2008
March 2008
December 2007
September 2007
June 2007
March 2007
December 2006
September 2006
June 2006
March 2006
December 2005

 

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