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The ODOT library serves as a technical information resource for our agency, as well as providing services to other state, county and local government agencies, and the general public. The collection includes a comprehensive selection of transportation-related publications, journals, and standards, including titles from AASHTO, TRB, FHWA, and ASCE. In addition, the library houses the ODOT History Center, which offers an extensive collection of historic photos, reports, maps and documents covering the 100-year history of the agency.
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The ODOT Library provides the following services:
- Professional and technical reference books and manuals.
- Technical information and specialized transportation research assistance.
- Access to state and national computer library services and databases for research assistance.
- Library and interlibrary loans of books, videos and audiotapes.
- Circulation of technical periodicals and professional publications.
- Reference material, including Oregon Laws, ORS, OAR, Department policies and procedures, and ODOT biennial and annual reports.
Online Resources for ODOT employees (IP authenticated)
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The ODOT Library is a specialized, technical library that deals specifically with transportation-related issues. Because of the singular nature of the collection, the library is able to offer a unique service to its users and customers. The collection includes an extensive array of publications from the Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Association of Transportation and Highway Officials (AASHTO), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and others. In addition to the on-site collection, networking with the Oregon State Library and other transportation librarians opens the opportunities to pursue resources throughout the world. Training
The ODOT Library offers training customized to help your group:
- Search the Internet more efficiently.
- Learn what databases are available to ODOT employees.
- Understand how the ODOT Library and State Library can help make their work easier.
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What are library services worth to the agency (ROI)?
A survey conducted by Outsell, Inc. among corporate, government, healthcare and education sectors, found significant, quantifiable benefits to users by involving libraries in their research and information gathering. This Return-on-Investment (ROI) was measured in four categories:
- Time Saved: Government sector users topped this metric, reporting that each interaction with the library saved them 12.2 hours on average. Corporate users came second, saving 9.4 hours per use. Education (8.4 hours) and healthcare (4.6 hours) round out the segments. The overall average time saved for all sectors combined was 9.0 hours per interaction.
- Dollars Saved: Corporate sector end-users saved the most money by taking advantage of their enterprises’ libraries. In direct costs for information, they saved about $3,107 per use, while government users report $2,575 in savings. Even the lower two segments, healthcare ($966) and education ($683), report notable savings. All segments combined reported an average $2,218 savings per use.
- Revenue Generated: Not surprisingly, the corporate sector showed the highest revenues generated with the help of the library, at $6,570, followed by the other revenue-oriented segment, healthcare ($1,900). Though revenue support figures are notoriously difficult to track and verify, the fact that users perceive this level of revenue support from the library, in itself, should encourage information managers.
- Decision Support: Two-thirds (65%) of users across sectors used library-provided information to support decisions, actions, and strategies. In this regard, government end-users were the most reliant on library information (72%), followed by healthcare (69%) and corporate (68%). As would be expected, in education a lower number (55%) reported using library-provided information to support a big decision.
(Statistics quoted from Outsell's Insight service)
National Initiatives to Improve Library Services and Resources
National Transportation Libraries Initiatives
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The ODOT Library is involved in a number of national initiatives working to create platforms for information sharing between state, federal, university, and private research centers. These include: Transportation Library Connectivity Pooled Fund Study
This Pooled Fund Study includes transportation libraries from across the US, including the ODOT Library. The study supports its members in enhancing and streamlining library and information services in their parent agencies with the goal of technology transfer, innovation, efficient and effective operation and improved safety through effective use of information. The study has also been a driving force behind the formation and growth of the Transportation Knowledge Networks.
Western Transportation Knowledge Network What is a Transportation Knowledge Network?
Transportation Research Board Special Report 284 Transportation Knowledge Networks: a Management Strategy for the 21st Century
, defined TKNs as “decentralized, managed networks linking information providers to users wherever they are located.” These groups include members of state DOTS, MPOs, Transit Agencies, engineering firms, and other transportation–related organizations. Such networks become increasingly important as transportation professionals are facing the need to be able find critical information quickly and efficiently, while at the same time confronted with vast, often irrelevant, sources of information. The concept of a one-stop shopping portal, linking information resources from across the nation and around the world, is one of the TKN products described in the business plan developed as a result of NCHRP Project 20-75.
This concept is becoming a reality in the formation of three regional TKNs. The Eastern TKN, Midwest TKN, and Western TKN are in place, and already participating in a grass-roots effort of collaboration, networking, and resource sharing. The business plan projects the expansion of the program nationally, supporting the regional TKNs with a national coordination function and an advisory board. With the appropriate infrastructure, TKNs can assist transportation professionals by:
- Providing critical information in time-sensitive situations.
- Providing efficiencies and preventing the duplication of efforts and research.
- Addressing the loss of institutional knowledge.
- Helping organizations share successes and best practices.
- Filling gaps in current information by allowing easy sharing of resources.
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The library is located at the Mill Creek Building, 555 13th St NE, Suite 1, Salem, OR. Hours of operation: 8:00 - 4:30 Monday through Thursday, although appointments are suggested to ensure that library staff is available. For questions or assistance, please contact: Laura Wilt
, ODOT Librarian
Fax: 503-986-2844 firstname.lastname@example.org