"Reflections on the future of the research library"

This is an interesting article on the evolution of research librarians. You can substitute "university" for "DOT" and i believe it will apply quite well.



Directory of Transportation Open Access Journals

I was just made aware of the Directory of Open Access Journals and the fact that it carries 35 transportation-related journals.


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Exhibit to Visit While at TRB

For all of you going to TRB.....

 You may want to take a little time off and visit the National Building Museum exhibit Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 October 20, 2013–March 10, 2014 that was produced at the Getty Museum in L.A. and then sent on tour to DC. http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/overdrive.html

 So what’s so special about this exhibit? Well, some of the materials on this exhibit came from the collection of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) courtesy of our colleague and LIST committee member Matt Barrett.

 Congratulations to Matt and his team.


Transfer of Dutch Library With Transport Content to Egypt

Information received from TRB - HQ.

Dr. Ismail Serageldin; Director of the Library of Alexandria, and Dr. Derk Vermeer; President of the Royal Tropical Institute— Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have signed on Thursday, 31 October 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions by the which majority of the KIT library collection, almost 400,000 books and 20,000 journals, will be reallocated at the BA.

The collection covers different fields, and it is especially important because it is Europe's largest library pertaining to development issues. Most of the collection is in English, and some in German, French and other languages. The Dutch Government have decided to keep all material written in Dutch language. KIT has also agreed to make available to the BA the digital files of relevance including the electronic catalogue of the materials concerned.

The BA has obliged itself to protect this library collection and keep it publicly accessible. It will make special efforts to bring it to the attention of other institutions and interested parties, including Egyptian and regional universities, academies, and research institutions.

Dutch media and cultural circles have greatly commended the BA for this move as a center for learning, tolerance, dialogue and understanding 


Data Management Report Published

Research Data Management Principles, Practices, and Prospects November 2013. 99 pp. $0ISBN 978-1-932326-47-5CLIR pub 160 PDF Download of Report (1.8 MB) >> This is a web-only report—it is not available in print.   This report examines how research institutions are responding to data management requirements of the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies. It also considers what role, if any, academic libraries and the library and information science profession should have in supporting researchers’ data management needs. University of North Texas (UNT) Library Director Martin Halbert opens the report with an overview of the DataRes Project, a two-year investigation of data management practices conducted at UNT with colleagues Spencer D. C. Keralis, Shannon Stark, and William E. Moen. His introduction is followed by a series of papers that were presented at the DataRes Symposium that UNT organized in December 2012. The volume includes a copy of “The Denton Declaration: An Open Data Manifesto,” written in May 2012 by a group of technologists and librarians, scholars and researchers, university administrators, and other stakeholders who gathered at UNT to discuss and articulate best practices and emerging trends in research data management. Mariette Papić’s poster for The Denton Declaration is available here.


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