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MnDOT Library's Valuation/Return on Investment Study
Tuesday, 07 January 2014

The Minnesota Department of Transportation Library has produced a report which calculates its value to its parent organisation. The report is the result of a 7-month study conducted by Library staff. There is a website with a downloadable copy of the report and some associated material.

The following information comes from Sheila Hatchell, Director of MnDOT Library, via the TRANLIB network:

MnDOT Library staff were engaged in a 7-month study to determine our value to our parent organization, the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  The study was a follow-up to and implementation of Proving Your Library’s Value: a Toolkit for Transportation Librarians.   The toolkit was a 2013 product of the Transportation Library Connectivity and Development Pooled Fund Study.

Our study findings were published in an 8-page report.  In addition to the report, we created a website that includes a copy of the report and some supporting materials, including the definitions of the ROI measures that we used.  The webpage is available at:

Our goal was to create an informative document that draws the reader in and presents mundane information (statistics) in an interesting and understandable way – and we feel we accomplished this goal.  Our findings were presented to upper managers who loved the report, found it easy to read (and read the whole thing),  and appreciated the analysis and great information it provided. 

In addition to library staffers Jim Byerly, Pam Gonzalez, Karen Neinstadt, Danae Ostroot, Qin Tang, and Marilee Tuite, I would like to acknowledge and thank Kathleen Bedor, President of Law Library Consultants – our consultant on the project, and Chris Foote – Modern Design Group – our creative consultant who developed our report.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 January 2014 )
Teleconference minutes November 2013 now available
Thursday, 05 December 2013
The notes from the Tranzinfo teleconference held on 26th November 2013 are now available to logged-in members only from the Publications area of the website.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 )
New Hot Topic: Mobile Communication Systems
Friday, 22 November 2013
The latest Hot Topic Fact Sheet has been released. The topic is Mobile Communication Systems.
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 November 2013 )
Closure of VicRoads Library
Thursday, 14 November 2013

As you may know, the VicRoads Library collection is presently being reviewed and dispersed, in line with moves to consolidate holdings across the Victorian Government Library Service.  Most of the holding of Victorian Government material, including VicRoads publications, will become part of the warehoused VGLS collection. For a short time, you can still request material via Eddie Schubert as he is still based at VicRoads (please use his direct email address This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Once there are no longer staff based within VicRoads, you will need to:

Look for holdings on the VGLS catalogue, where you can limit to items from the VicRoads collection or the DTPLI collection. Should you see the item there you then send a request to VGLS document delivery via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or phone (1800 742 733 and press option 2). VGLS is also part of LADD if you wish to make the request through there.  Interlibrary loan charges will apply.

Eddie will be fnishing up with VGLS in coming months, and on behalf of the network I thank him for his strong contribution to national transport information sharing and cooperation over many years.  Teresa Devetak will remain within VGLS in a reference role across the service.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 November 2013 )
New Hot Topic: Active Transport
Tuesday, 01 October 2013
The latest Hot Topic Fact Sheet has been released. The topic is Active Transport.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 October 2013 )
2013 Tranzinfo Annual Meeting
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The 2013 Tranzinfo annual meeting was be held on Friday 13th September at Centre for Automotive Safety Research, Unviersity of Adelaide, South Australia.

Minutes of the meeting are now available for logged-in members only here.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 September 2013 )
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