Transportation Library Connectivity

Available Documents
Meeting Agenda
Librarian’s Toolkit
Interim Report
Final Report
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Primary Investigator
Teresa Adams, Director
Midwest Regional University Transportation Center
1415 Engineering Drive
2205 Engineering Hall
Madison, WI 53706
adams[at]engr.wisc.edu

Project Objective
A national transportation technology transfer program for information and knowledge management will be implemented. This effort will consist of two major components: Technical Assistance: Providing technical guidance to participating state agencies for cataloging documents into the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and converting them to online format. Network Development: Encouraging and supporting the development and growth of DOT library information and knowledge networks

Project Abstract
Information and knowledge have become strategic organizational assets. The value of these assets can be measured in terms of efficiencies, time and money saved, better decisions, enhanced innovation and increased safety. Access to information from libraries, research programs and technology transfer initiatives yields real benefits to transportation agencies and practitioners.

Accessible, reliable, and timely information is central to quality performance, yet a vast amount of transportation-related information is neither collected nor made available for use by others. Technology transfer activities–converting information into knowledge–are crucial for getting information in the hands of decision-makers

Under the oversight of an advisory committee and through the efforts of a part-time consultant, a comprehensive set of marketing tools, templates and materials will be developed and disseminated during the term of the study. The focus of those communication products will be to promote the value of libraries while supporting technology transfer and information and knowledge management within the transportation industry.

In addition to these marketing tools, templates and materials to be outlined and approved at a conference in October 2005, there will also be an emphasis on network development.
Networking opportunities among Pooled Fund Study participants will build on the progress of the Midwest Transportation Network. MTKN serves to increase collaboration among the
region’s transportation libraries and information centers so managers, engineers and planners can locate and use the most recent, credible, and validated transportation information.

Task Descriptions

  1. Web site – to be designed by consultant and launched on MRUTC or WisDOT Web server.
  2. Brochure(s)to be distributed in print and/or PDF format on the Pooled Fund Study Web site; MTKN Web site; WisDOT Research & Communication Services Web site; MRUTC Web site and venues to be determined by the TAC.
  3. Newsletter article(s) – venues to be determined by the TAC; could include Public Roads, WisDOT Connector, UW-Madison/MRUTC publications and state departments of transportation newsletters.
  4. PowerPoint Presentation – a master PowerPoint presentation will be produced to allow for easy customization by member states and/or TAC members.
  5. Bookmarks and fliers – a master bookmark and complementary flier will be produced for easy customization by member states and/or TAC members.
  6. Video/Web Cast(s) – (broadcast dates and distribution venue to be explored/determined upon authorization of the TAC).

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Start Date: September 30, 2005-End Date: September 30, 2007
  • Budget:$182,799 (Pooled Fund), Matching Funds & %:$182,799 (Wisconsin Department of Transportation, lead state on TPF 5-10)
  • Student Involvement:Student assistants will be used in the Development of Website
  • Modal Orientation:N/A
  • Project ID: 06-11
Milestones, Dates:

Start Date: September 30, 2005-End Date: September 30, 2007;

Budget: $182,799 (Pooled Fund)
Matching Funds & %: $182,799 (Wisconsin Department of Transportation, lead state on TPF 5-10)
Student Involvement: Student assistants will be used in the Development of Website
Modal Orientation: N/A