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News and Updates

October 10, 2018

Don’t forget to register for the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting. Make sure and register before the November 30 deadline to ensure lower fees and a hotel guest room!

September 29, 2018

The OTL presents the “News Feeds” navigation menu. This drop-down menu provides access to automatically-updated news feeds from the Federal Highway Administration and Transportation Research Board websites. Check them out!

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 here.

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 here.

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 here

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 here.

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 by following this link.

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 here.

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 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 clicking this link: Using the OTL Libguide.

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 already. 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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