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Committee E-Circular Published

The TRB Committee on Library and Information Science for Transportation (LIST) is delighted to announce the publication of its e-circular Literature Searches and Literature Reviews for Transportation Research Projects How to Search, Where to Search, and How to Put It All Together: Current Practices.

 As the report indicates: “This e-circular is the result of a 2-year collaborative effort by more than 50 individuals. The publication is aimed at all transportation researchers, including university investigators, graduate students, consultants, and practitioners at state and federal transportation agencies. The e-circular also will be useful to sponsors of research when conducting initial literature searches and evaluating literature reviews to determine the quality of the products received.”

 As the LIST committee chair, I will like to thank all coauthors for graciously giving so much of their time and knowledge to produce this publication. I will also like to thank all reviewers for helping us make this a better final product. Collectively, all these individuals have produced a publication that will make a positive difference in the transportation research community.


Northwestern University Transportation Library News

NUtranlit a new, more powerful search discovery tool will replace the Transportation Article database (TRANweb) in late January 2015. The migration to this new platform also means that NUcat – the Library’s catalog – will be replaced by NUsearch.

In order to provide better services to our researchers, the Transportation Library developed a new search interface to allow targeted searching of all of our collections; specific collections (NUtranlit, EIS collection); as well as, all of NU Library collections.

Although not yet fully operational, you can get a preview of these exciting new search tools at

We welcome your comments or questions at

Roberto A. Sarmiento

Head, Transportation Library

Free Webinar - What you need to know about SHARE, CHORUS, and Open Access

SHARE, CHORUS, and Open Access: What you need to know In early 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D Expenditures to develop plans to make federally funded research openly available to the public within one year of publication. Partly in response to this directive, university and library groups partnered to develop the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) to promote the preservation of, access to, and reuse of scholarly research. Similarly, publishers, scholarly societies, and service providers came together to create the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) to increase public access to peer-reviewed publications that report on federally funded research. With similar missions and goals, how might the two groups might work together to promote access to research? Where do they overlap, and how do they differ? And how might individual librarians get involved with these efforts?   Register Now   In honor of Open Access Week, Judy Ruttenberg, from SHARE, and Howard Ratner, from CHORUS will come together for a free 1-hour webinar to discuss the following:
  • What has been the response so far to the OSTP mandate among different federal departments?         
  • What are the functions and goals of SHARE and CHORUS and how do the groups relate to the OSTP mandate?
  • Where do the two groups overlap, where do they complement each other, and how do they differ?
  • How can the groups work together to promote access to research?
  • What can librarians do to help their patrons benefit from the efforts of both groups?
Their words will be followed by some Q & A led by David Ross, executive publisher of open access at SAGE. Have a question you want answered in the webinar? Tweet it out using #SAGETalk now!   Don't forget to register   This webinar is a paid sponsorship opportunity. The products, services, and opinions presented herein do not constitute a Choice, ACRL, or ALA endorsement of any kind. Free Webinar Tuesday, October 21 10am PT, 11am MT 12pm CT, 1pm ET Judy Ruttenberg Program Director for Transforming Research Libraries Association of Research Libraries Howard Ratner Executive Director CHOR, Inc.

Scholarly Communications @ Duke has posted a new item

By now, most people know about the macaque monkeys that took pictures of themselves in the Indonesian jungle, and the controversy over who, if anyone, owns a copyright in the resulting pictures.  The events actually took place several years ago, but the popular news media has recently picked up the story because of threats by [...]  You may view the latest post at

LIST Member Published

Congratulations to LIST committee member David M. Jared, Georgia Department of Transportation, for having his co-authored article Preserving Georgia Pavement with Micromilling published in the May-June issue of the TR News.



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