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ODOT Library
ODOT Library Services
  The Oregon State Highway Department Technical Library was created in 1937 to provide a central resource for transportation-related technical information.  Nearly three-quarters of a century later, the ODOT Library remains the place to go for technical information and transportation literature, both hard-copy publications and electronic documents.
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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.
  • Audio-visual equipment loans.
  •  Reference material, including Oregon Laws, ORS, OAR, Department policies and procedures, ODOT biennial and annual reports, state and city maps, topographical maps and Oregon telephone directories.
  • PE/FE REVIEW MATERIALS for ODOT employees.

SEARCH ACROSS ALL STATE DOT SITES (Link provided by WSDOT Library - also features links to search across other transportation-related agencies)

National Initiatives
National Tranportation Libraries Initiatives
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 streamlinging 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.

How Can We Help You??
Open House
Library Open House
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 Adnimistration (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.  

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.
Contact the Library for more information: laura.e.wilt@odot.state.or.us

What are library services worth to the agency (ROI)?
A recent survey conducted by Outsell, Inc. in Spring, 2007 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.  For more information, go to: http://www.outsellinc.com/store/insights/3538

Contact Us
The library is located at 3930 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, and is open 8:00 - 3:30 Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 - 12:30 on Friday.  For questions or assistance, please contact:
Laura Wilt, ODOT Librarian
Phone: 503-986-3280
Fax: 503-986-4025

Other Links
ODOT History Center
Oregon State Library
Oregon State Library State Employee Information Center
National Transportation Library
TLCat  - Catalog of the holdings of selected transportation libraries