Access to quality, reliable information is the key to success in any 21st century organization. NDOT has taken a giant leap forward with its recent membership in the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC). OCLC is the premier library sharing organization with members spanning the globe.
NDOT employees now have access to this vast universe of information. Whereas before our interlibrary loan opportunities were mostly limited to a handful of transportation libraries, now, with the press of a button, the Research Library can request materials from a vast array of libraries, including the largest research universities.
Transportation is multidisciplinary. Employees today need access to information in ares as diverse as safety, water quality, human resource management, information technology and archaeology (to name just a few), along with the more traditional engineering subjects. Many of these disciplines tend to fall through the cracks of the traditional transportation library. OCLC interlibrary loan makes it possible to fill in these gaps and supply information relevant to the entire organization.NDOT employees are encouraged to submit their requests for library materials to the Research Library.
Every effort will be made to locate and request these items. Please include as much information as possible, such as titles, authors, publishers, page numbers, ISBNs, etc.
NDOT’s OCLC membership is made possible by our participation in the federal Library Connectivity and Development Pooled Fund Study. Pooled Fund studies allow for great benefits, but it’s important to note that they are not free. Like other Pooled Fund studies NDOT contributes funds to the Library Connectivity study. NDOT is not required to take part in this study, in fact most states don't, but it does, I believe, as an investment in the intellectual capital of its employees. So let’s make the most of this investment.