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Expanding the Role of Transportation Libraries to Support Technology Transfer
The traditional library
model is out of alignment with current trends.
Technological advances have dramatically changed the needs and
expectations of patrons. While some still prefer paper-based resources, at
least under certain circumstances, other patrons want digital and virtual resources.
The high cost of these resources is problematic for special libraries with
limited funding. However, libraries may be able to expand their role and
services to customers through technology transfer and research marketing
Some of the ways transportation libraries
might take on a greater role in technology transfer that could reasonably be
included in this research are 1) improving literature searches on important
topics requested by customers and instructing them on how to perform literature
searches, 2) partnering with learning centers for training opportunities, 3)
embedding librarians within project teams, 4) positioning the library as the
epicenter for knowledge management, and 5) involving the library in marketing
of research results and other innovations.
Expanding the services of a transportation library would enhance the
ability of its staff and available technology resources to fill an elevated
role in technology transfer.
The objectives of this study are to expand the role of transportation libraries
into other disciplines, provide case studies about how libraries have helped
with technology transfer, and provide tools that libraries or management can
use to sell the expanded role to organizations’ management.
Accelerating New Technology Adoption through Directed Technology Transfer,
NCHRP Report 768, Project 20-93, 2014. http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/nchrprpt768.pdf
Iowa DOT Library Services, Collection,
& Technology Assessment, Iowa DOT, prepared by HS Infocus LLC, July 2014. http://publications.iowa.gov/18227/1/IADOTIHRBHSInFocusTR-670IowaDOTLibraryAssesment2014.pdf
Improvement of Research Report
Distribution and Access and Promotion of More Effective Use of Technical Report
Documentation Page USDOT Form 1700.7 [from Transportation Library Connectivity
and Development Pooled Fund Study TPF-5(237)], Missouri DOT, prepared by
TransAnalytics, LLC, September 2014. http://www.pooledfund.org/Document/Download/5337
Proving Your Library’s Value: A Toolkit
for Transportation Librarians [from Transportation Library Connectivity and
Development Pooled Fund Study TPF-5(237)], Missouri DOT, prepared by HS
InFocus, LLC, September 2012. http://libraryconnectivity.org/files/Proving-Your-Librarys-Value.pdf
Communication Matters: Communicating
the Value of Transportation Research. NCHRP Report 610, Project 20-78, 2009. http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/nchrprpt610.pdf
Transportation Librarian’s Toolkit, Second
Edition [from Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study TPF-5(105)],
Wisconsin DOT, prepared by CTC & Associates LLC, September 2009. http://libraryconnectivity.org/files/Toolkit-Second-Edition-Web-Final1.pdf
Seven Keys to Building a Robust Research
Program, NCHRP Synthesis 280, Project 20-5 FY 1997 (Topic 29-01), 1999. http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/nchrpsyn280.pdf
The project will
comprise, at a minimum, the following tasks and is expected to span an 18-month
project period inclusive of NCHRP or pooled fund panel reviews:
an NCHRP or pooled fund panel and through it work to identify additional
stakeholders representing both managers and customers of transportation libraries.
the stakeholders (including NCHRP/panel members) via survey(s) to identify and
categorize needs and priorities associated with expanding the role of a transportation
library to support technology transfer of transportation innovations.
a literature review to synthesize previous work on technology transfer efforts
by transportation libraries that addresses the needs and priorities identified
by the project stakeholders.
and document applicable tools that libraries have used to sell the expanded technology
transfer role to organizations’ management.
a technical memorandum to the stakeholders, recommending tools that libraries can
use to sell the expanded technology transfer role to organizations’ management.
a meeting with the stakeholders to apply the selected tools to engage the
various stakeholders in a process to identify, rank, and prioritize candidate library
technology transfer techniques that best meet the needs and priorities
identified by the stakeholders.
the results in a final report to the NCHRP or pooled fund panel. The final
report will present a concise summary of all project efforts including literature
review, stakeholder meetings and consensus building. It is anticipated that the
primary product of the project will be a detailed guidebook to expanding the
role of a transportation library to support technology transfer of
transportation innovations. The guidebook will then be available as a tool for
various members of the targeted user community to improve transportation
libraries and increase technology transfer capabilities.
with the NCHRP or pooled fund panel and the Transportation Research Board
Technology Transfer Committee to seek additional opportunities to disseminate
the project results.
User Community: State DOT research managers, other research program managers (e.g., FHWA, TRB), transportation librarians.
Funding Sources: NCHRP, State departments of transportation research programs, Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Pooled Fund Program.
|Sponsoring Committee:||AJE35, Research and Innovation Management
|RNS Developer:||Cameron Kergaye, Utah Department of Transportation et al.|
|Source Info:||Technology Transfer Committee Members|
|Index Terms:||Technological innovations, Digital communication systems, Financing, Quality of service, Libraries, Training programs, Knowledge management, Marketing, |
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