Roberto Sarmiento Is Next Chair of ABG40

Roberto Sarmiento, Director of the Transportation Library at Northwestern University, has accepted an appointment as incoming Chair of TRB’s ABG40 (Library and Information Science for Transportation) Committee.  His term runs from April 15, 2012 through April 14, 2015.   Most of you know Roberto well, as he has been a high-achieving member of our committee since 2005 and an active member of B0002, TRB’s Information Services Committee since 2004.    Roberto has long been recognized as one of the most talented information professionals in the transportation sector, and he has served in more leadership positions with library-related organizations and initiatives than I can easily recount here.  In his new capacity as LIST Chair Roberto brings experience and leadership that will greatly advance the work of our committee.   CLICK HERE... to congratulate Roberto! 

The most recent issue of UMTRI's Connected Vehicle Update includes features on the Safety Pilot Model Deployment in Ann Arbor, MI and the Michigan DOT Vehicle Data Collection Project.


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ILL Rethought: Future Delivery Services From OCLC

OCLC is currently developing a future delivery service that will give WorldCat Resource Sharing users a new interface that simplifies library and end-user requesting workflows through time-saving resource sharing tools. The new service, to be available from the interface that supports OCLC's new Web-scale Management Services, will benefit interlibrary loan staff and library users in a number of ways.   Interlibrary loan staff will manage user requests through a new easy-to-navigate interface that incorporates "buy-it" options into more traditional interlibrary loan functions.   Read More...   View a Video...

Google Adds Graphical Calculator To Results Screen

According to an article in the WSJ.com tech section, Google has added a graphical math calculator to plot search results, a clear rejoinder to Wolphram Alpha's advanced math skills/mapping function.   That means you can now type basic and complex math functions into the Google search box and Google will return some pretty nifty graphics.   Example: Here's the plot for x/2, (x/2)^2, ln(x), cos(pi*x/5) in Google Example: Here's the same graph in Wolphram Alpha   I was highly amused to notice two things: 1. Google puts it's graph ahead of the Wolphram Alpha result for that graph. 2. Though they're not so cheeky to supress the WA answer, google does not enable the "preview" function for WA.   I guess it's a search-engine-eat-search-engine world.

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