The Transportation Division’s Innovation Award was established to recognize a Division member or members for an innovative idea, tool, or solution that benefits the transportation information community.
The co-winners of DTRN’s Innovation Award are Roberto Sarmiento and Jennifer Boteler – for their publication, Transportation Libraries Collection Development Policy Template.
Roberto has been a member of the Division since 1998. I asked Roberto, principal author of the template, why he decided to work on this project. His response:
Several things: Collection development is a subject that I have worked on for several years at my institution. I have been advocating for the development of some sort of collection development policy at the national level for a few years. Discussing the subject with Jennifer at the TRB meeting of January 2011, I realized that we both shared common values and interest on the subject and felt that “someone” had to do “something” about it for the community. Finally, most importantly, I barely knew Jennifer but thought very highly of her and since we had never worked together I thought it would be a good opportunity to partner and attempt to do something different.
At the time of our conversation at TRB, I had recently completed a rather involved collection development project (CDP) and template development for my University Library, so when Jennifer described her experience from her CDP project we came up with the idea that rather than approach a CDP project at the national level as a whole, perhaps we should break it up into components and start building a national CDP piece by piece. We agreed that the most basic component had to be a template so that all libraries could attempt to present somewhat similar information. We believe that if enough institutions use the template and share the CDP’s, at one point in the future we could use this data to start working towards a national CDP.
Jennifer is in her 10th year as a member of the Transportation Division. When I asked Jennifer why she decided to work on this project, and why it was worth spending her time on it, she replied,
Roberto approached me about helping with a collection development template because I had recently facilitated the NTKN Cooperative Collection Development group and recognized the first needed step was for librarians to know their collections, and have a collection development policy in place, but many did (do) not.
Yes, the project was worth my time. Personally because I beta-tested the template and composed a new collection development policy for the FHWA Research Library, and secondly because there is a plethora of information on collection development and I think librarians can feel overwhelmed in determining how to go about evaluating their collections and composing a policy. Now there is an easy-to-understand, basic tool to give them some direction.
Roberto is Head of the Transportation Library at Northwestern University. Jennifer is a contractor with MacroSys, LLC, and serves as the supervisory librarian at the FHWA Research Library.
Congratulations Roberto and Jennifer, and thank you for this innovative contribution!
Learn more about this project when you attend GTRIC at the SLA Conference in Chicago, July 15, 2012.
Sheila Hatchell, MLIS
Chair – Special Libraries Association Transportation Division