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USDOT and Transpo Libraries – Comments on Strategic Plan

Since James was a day early with his BOTM announcement, I’ll be a day early with my first post. It’s easy, because I did not write this one.

This message is posted on behalf of Jerry Baldwin, a transportation librarian.
For further questions, Jerry can be reached at:
jerry.baldwin@dot.state.mn.us“>jerry.baldwin@dot.state.mn.us

Transportation librarians, most of whom are employed in government agencies within the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), state DOTs or transit agencies are seeking support in attempting to develop library services in a field that has long neglected them. Within USDOT, the newly formed Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA, at http://www.rita.dot.gov ) has responsibility for the National Transportation Library (NTL, at http://ntl.bts.gov ).

RITA has drafted a Strategic Research, Development and Technology Plan [PDF] and is seeking comments on the plan. I have submitted comments on the draft regarding its failure to address library and information issues.

We would appreciate any additional comments, especially from anyone familiar with government library services and networks and their role in research programs. Instructions for submitting comments are in the July 12 Federal Register [71 FR 39394].

Note that comments are due by August 9.

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