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The Research Connection

"Sometines, "Google" Alone Isn't Enough..." -- Presented by Mrs. Rita Evans, Mrs. Susan haake, and Mrs. Laura Melendy

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly videoconferences on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.

Topic Description

Sometimes, “Google” alone just isn’t enough...

Conducting transportation research is a challenge due to the multimodal, interdisciplinary nature of many issues and the widely dispersed information sources.

This presentation described a number of databases and other information resources that can help you find the information you need.

Mrs. Rita Evans discussed resources such as those from the Transportation Research Board and Google’s Meta Transportation search. Susan Haake will highlight the reference resources offered by the Caltrans Library. Some of your best resources, however, aren’t digital, they’re human. Librarians at the Caltrans Library and the Institute of Transportation Studies Library cooperate in a number of ways to make a wealth of transportation information available to you.

Mrs. Laura Melendy expanded on the information resources available to you by focusing on training, technical assistance, and other services offered by the Technology Transfer Program. The Tech Transfer Program complements those reference resources and offers you more ways to get the information you need, as well as ways to help get your information out to the people who need to know.

About The Presenters

Mrs. Rita Evans
Mrs. Rita Evan
Director for the
Institute of Transportation Studies Library, UC Berkeley

Mrs. Rita Evans is the Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies Library at the University of California, Berkeley. She had a long career in private industry before joining UC and managed libraries at Dolby Laboratories, Westinghouse and Gulf Oil. She spent five years as the ITS Library reference librarian before being named director in July 2006. Rita is the author of the chapter on transportation engineering in "Using the Engineering Literature," published by Routledge in 2006. She produces a resources list for each issue of "Tech Transfer," the quarterly publication of California’s Local Technical Assistance Program. Her most recent presentation, “Technical Reports in Transition: Drawers of Microfiche to Digital Files,” was given at the Special Libraries Association’s Annual Conference in Denver in June. Active in professional organizations, Rita is the Secretary of TRB’s Committee on Library and Information Science for Transportation and is the Chair-Elect of the Special Libraries Association’s Transportation Division.

Please click here for Mrs. Evan's presentation slides.

Mrs. Susan Haake
Mrs. Susan Haake
Caltrans Supervising Librarian

Mrs. Susan Haake has been the Supervising Librarian II at the Caltrans Library since June 2005, andprior to that, served as the Technical Reference Librarian for eight years. Her previous experience includes managing two other state agency libraries. She holds a Bachelor degree in journalism, a Master degree in library science, and a master degree in the social sciences. Susan also has held multiple offices in the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, including Chapter President. Susan writes the quarterly newsletter for the Caltrans Library and recently co-authored a chapter on highways and the environment in Sources of Information in Highways: A Bibliography, 2007, published by the University of California at Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies. In August, she participated in "Navigating the Information Highway," a presentation for the Division of Transportation Planning's Professional Development series.

Please click here for Mrs. Haake's presentation slides.

Mrs. Laura Melendy
Mrs. Laura Melendy
Technology Transfer Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, U.C.Berkeley.

Mrs. Laura Melendy is the Director of the Technology Transfer Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California Berkeley. She holds a Masters degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work experience spans transportation engineering, planning, policy, environment, accident investigation and safety. Laura found her niche at Tech Transfer, where it is her passion to get innovation, best practices and lessons learned out to practitioners in the field, so that they can do their jobs better, build and maintain our infrastructure over a longer lifespan, manage our resources more efficiently, operate our transportation systems and work zones more safely, and all while reducing congestion and delay to the public.

Please click here for Mrs. Melendy's presentation slides.