Masters of Information

This article discusses the crucial role that transportation libraries play in providing information that supports transportation policy, regulations, research, operations, and technology transfer. Transportation libraries provide reference and research support. Librarians frequently do background literature reviews for customers. At the Federal Highway Administration Research Library, librarians communicate with highway researchers in order to understand the nature of the specialized information being requested. Library staff search relevant databases and provide citation lists with abstracts. They add value to the search process by evaluating raw search results, removing irrelevant and out-of-scope citations, and revising searches as needed to find the most relevant material. If a researcher then wants the full text, staff will obtain it from the library's own collections or through interlibrary borrowing and document delivery vendors. Libraries also create databases and finding tools. Examples include: the Transportation Libraries Catalog, a shared resource of publications held in government, university, and transportation libraries across the United States; the Transportation Research Thesaurus, a controlled vocabulary of transportation-related terms; and the National Transportation Library (NTL) Integrated Search function. The NTL also coordinates the National Transportation Knowledge Network (NTKN). The NTKN, which is comprised of three regional networks, collaborates to improve information access, exchange, use, and preservation for employees, partners, and stakeholders and the broader transportation community. Additional resources currently are being developed, such as a Knowledge Management System that will offer a Web-searchable database of U.S. Department of Transportation's research, development, and technology projects. Another collaborative effort will combine the records of the International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) database of the Joint Transport Research Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Transport Forum with records from the Transportation Research Board's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) database to create a newly integrated database called TRID. TRID will be the world's largest database covering current projects and published transportation research.


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  • Accession Number: 01342380
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2011 10:02AM