News and Updates
February 25, 2019 - Map Collection Updates
Our new interactive map system allows for the discovery of available maps based on specific Oklahoma counties. Visit the “County Maps” page in the Map Collection menu to try it out.
January 30, 2019
Be sure to check out the latest publication from the TRB: the Transportation Research Board 2018 Annual Report. It can be accessed with the following link: http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/general/2018_TRB_Annual_Report.pdf
November 20, 2018
Back issues of Transportation Quarterly have now been made available to the public over the Internet for the first time. The issues cover 1947-2003 and can be accessed at https://www.enotrans.org/quarterly
October 10, 2018
Don’t forget to register for the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting at http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting/Registration.aspx. Make sure and register before the November 30 deadline to ensure lower fees and a hotel guest room!
September 10, 2018
The OTL is excited to announce the annual Oklahoma Transportation Research Day, to be held on October 23, 2018. This event, hosted by ODOT and the Southern Plains Transportation Center, will bring in professionals from across the region, including from academia, the private sector, government, and students. Student poster presentations will be held, and a prize will be given for best research. Registration is now open and can be accessed at http://www.sptc.org/2018-ok-trans-res-day
August 21, 2018
The Southern Plains Transportation Center, in partnership with the OTL, hosted a webinar for its dissertation and thesis award winners. You can find a link to the presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s71G3o0v9lY&feature=youtu.be
June 1, 2018
The WTKN recently released its new libguide on unmanned aerial vehicles. The following guide includes state DOT surveys, news, policies, information about contracting, a research feed, link to the UAV forum, and more! Be sure to check it out at https://transportation.libguides.com/uav
May 17, 2018
The OTL has just added 13 new databases, search engines, and online resources links to our resources page. Be sure and check it out!
March 28, 2018
The OTL in partnership with the Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC) hosted its first webinar on March 27. Presented by Dr. Esther Mullens, this webinar explored research in climate trends and their impact on transportation. A link to the presentation can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uniHB2hCNfM&feature=youtu.be#t=1m01s
December 11, 2017
Recently, Northwestern State University published a guide to conducting research on transportation projects. The report has been shared by the transportation librarian listserv and can be found at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/circulars/ec194.pdf
September 20, 2017
The OTL has two important announcements for this month. First, do look forward to the 2017 Oklahoma Transportation Research Day. The event, hosted by the Southern Plains Transportation Center, will feature guest speakers, presentations, and student posters focusing on cutting-edge research projects relating to the transportation industry. The event will be held at the Metro Technology Center in Oklahoma City on October 17, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You can find a link to register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-oklahoma-transportation-research-day-registration-35944494952
Also, OTL staff recently participated in a webinar on advanced googling and internet archiving, hosted by the Special Libraries Association, New York Chapter. A PDF of the event can be found by clicking here.
August 17, 2017
The Oklahoma Transportation Library had the opportunity to participate in the Southern Plains Transportation Symposium. The event showcased research from dozens of faculty and staff from across multiple states, and the OTL team came prepared with their own poster highlighting the resources of the library. Check out our gallery of the event here!
July 3, 2017
Check out Part 2 of our workshop on using the OTL website, catalog, and libguide! It is now posted on our media page, and you can also view it here by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvgeEevOtls
June 30, 2017
The OTL now has a media page! This past month, the library team has been hard at work creating material to promote use of the library. On June 13, the team gave a presentation at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation going over features of the library as well as how to use the website, catalog, and libguide. Part 1 of the presentation has been uploaded and can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLfekRzUukk. Additionally, we have added the handout that appeared at the presentation as well as a brochure about the library to our new media page. Look forward to this section receiving regular updates as we create more exciting content for the library.
June 1, 2017
Welcome to the Oklahoma Transportation Library (OTL) website. This website will act as a hub for information and research regarding the transportation field. With an online searchable catalog, a libguide, and support from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), the website offers the most up-to-date resources for those seeking transportation-related research. The OTL's mission is to maintain and operate a sound, progressive, and flexible library which is available to ODOT, its stakeholders, and other interested parties seeking knowledge about the transportation field. The library also seeks to share resources with regional and national transportation libraries, and increasingly move toward digital content and an Internet-based service system.
The library contains a large cross-section of ODOT-owned transportation-related material from over two-dozen states. ODOT has generously supported the OTL as it has grown, and the library now boasts a collection of over 10,000 items. These materials include county-wide soil surveys, standard specifications for highway construction, various geological reports, as well as official reports from state agencies including ODOT. With a catalog of materials that stretches back several decades, the OTL is prepared to assist patrons, including ODOT personnel, researchers, students, and stakeholders.
The OTL maintains a wide range of affiliations with various groups, including the Western Transportation Knowledge Network (WTKN), ODOT, and the Southern Plains Transportation Center. Being a part of this network, the library is better able to conduct symposiums, seminars, webinars, and various other presentations aimed at increasing knowledge in the academic and engineering community. The OTL continues to lead the way in innovative outreach, and looks forward to building partnerships across a wide spectrum of interested parties. Walk-ins are always welcome, and the staff is standing ready and able to assist with any research needs patrons might have.
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Oklahoma Transportation Library
201 Stephenson Pkwy
Five Partners Place, Suite 4200
Norman, OK 73019
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm