Since the early 1990s, members of the transport information profession in Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to promote the cause of quality information delivery to the transport community. The group encompasses information professionals from road, rail, water and air transport.
The original brainchild of Bert Elson from the Transport Commission in Tasmania, and called Translib, the group has become even stronger with time. In the mid 1990s it became Tranzinfo, to reflect the Trans-Tasman cooperation of both Australian and New Zealand libraries.
Tranzinfo has three major aspects. It:
- serves to keep the transport information profession connected and sharing; serves to ensure that effecient resource allocation and management practices (such as consortia buying) are provided to the transport community; and serves to ensure connection with, and contribution to, the wider library community.
The group meets annually to plan and review network initiatives. Members also communicate through the year for resource sharing and for updating.
Membership to Tranzinfo is gratis and is open to any transport-related Library in Australia or New Zealand. This includes corporate, government, academic and special libraries. Application for membership can be made to the Committee.
Annual meetings have included the following gatherings :
1992 - RARU (now CASR) Adelaide
1993 - Queensland Department of Transport, Brisbane
1994 - ARRB, Lorne Victoria - connected to the ARTF Conference
1995 - NRMA, Sydney - connected to the Specials Conference
2000 - RACV, Melbourne
2002 - Queensland Department of Main Roads, Brisbane
2003 - RARU (now CASR), Adelaide
2004 - Port of Brisbane Corporation, Brisbane
2005 - VicRoads, Melbourne
2006 - RTA, Surry Hills Sydney
2007 - Australian Maritime College, Launceston
2008 - Centre for Automotive Safety Researh (CASR), Adelaide
2009 - Department of Infrastructure, Melbourne
2010 - Department of Transport and Main Roads, Brisbane
2011 - Hobart City Council, Hobart
2012 - Roads and Maritime Services, NSW
2013 - Centre for Automotive Safety Researh (CASR), Adelaide
2014- ARRB Group, VIC
2015- ARRB Group VIC