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Take the Train to Training at the LibGuide Petting Zoo

by Cara Marcus on 2020-07-30T11:31:00-04:00 | Comments

Looking to sharpen your scales (um . . . skills)? Want to learn the latest in subjects ranging from engineering to highways to public works? Hop on a train to take a ride to the world of transportation knowledge with Bobbi and Cara with this resourceful LibGuide.  Time flies when you’re having flies (and learning something new).

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Featured Guide:  Online Training Resources for Transportation Employees

This LibGuide comes to you from Laura Wilt, MLS, Librarian, Oregon Department of Transportation
The platform for this guide is provided through the National Transportation Library
This guide lists free or low-cost resources for providing continuing education opportunities for transportation professionals. 

Guide Encounter: 

For all you tadpoles out there - this guide is simple – only three tabs.  But oh, the places you will go!  The first tab lists transportation organizations that hold webinars and other presentations for everyone in the pond and beyond.  Start with the first listing, Transportation Research Board (TRB), and follow the trail through listings including American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and all the way down to the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.  Each listing lets potential learners know whether there is an entrance charge (and even what that fee usually is), the holds the key to the exhibit (AKA, the web site URL to the organization training listings), and lets learners know whether the organization provides Professional Development Hours (PDH).  

If we’ve toad you once, we’ve toad you a thousand times, these LibGuides are ribbiting with useful resources. Clicking on the links for the organizations shows that there is truly something for everyone, even the youngest pollywogs.  Upcoming webinars include TRB’s Enter the Portal - The Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Portal and National Highway Institute’s Safety Data and Analysis Fundamentals Training.  

The second tab lists University Transportation Center (UTC) Resources.  You would “toadally” think that universities offer superb training, and you will not be disappointed.  Portland State University offers two excellent transportation education centers: National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC).  Everyone at the LibGuide Petting Zoo is excited about one of NITC’s upcoming webinars: Economic and Business Outcomes of Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements.  And just what we need at the zoo, a webinar on Road Dust Management - Sharing Community Experiences from our friends at University of Alaska Fairbanks.  See more UTC webinars from all over the country at

The third tab lists vendor trainings, with a link to an assortment of free engineering online courses.  The guide producer is soliciting additional listings for all 3 tabs, so if your organization provides online transportation training, contact and let her know, just like one of our favorite amphibians below is doing.

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