More than 165 librarians from universities, corporations, professional associations and regional, state, provincial and national government agencies and organizations make up the Transportation Division. The Division is international in scope and interests.
The Transportation Division promotes the exchange of knowledge and information among individuals and organizations interested in the development, control and use of information resources in transportation. Transportation may be in general or in one of its many subdivisions including air, highway, rail, urban and water transport, and intermodal transportation.
Since its founding in 1943, the Division has been actively involved with transportation issues and research. Its activities have involved publishing, presenting innovative and timely programs and lobbying for better access to transportation literature. Division members were heavily involved in the development of the TRIS, the primary bibliographic database for transportation, and its predecessor, HRIS.
A major benefit of the Transportation Division is the opportunity to participate in programs, discussions and meetings with other librarians interested in transportation. We work together to improve the transportation information environment.
Member benefits include the Transportation Division’s newsletter, Kaleidescope; the division’s discussion list, Tranlib; division programs at SLA’s Annual Conference, including GTRIC, a day-long session focusing on effective transfer of information and delivery of services; and the opportunity to network with fellow transportation librarians at formal and informal meetings.
Division members have contributed to, and edited, Sources of Information in Transportation, a series of topical bibliographies now in its sixth edition.
The Division is administered by a Governing Document and Recommended Practices.