The purpose of the Eastern Transportation Knowledge Network (ETKN) is to manage and coordinate transportation information that is crucial to our nation’s economy. The Network maximizes access to transportation research and information and provides cost-effective new and improved services. The collaboration of libraries and information providers creates a coordinating mechanism to foster the facilitation of partnerships of information, the sharing of services and the coordination of collections. The ETKN provides leadership in the implementation of strategies for transportation information management for the 21st century. In this unified action for excellence in information services, ETKN will provide guidance in the implementation of innovative and economical technologies and will support the advancement of research and best practices for our transportation infrastructure.
The mission of ETKN is to increase access to transportation research and information, to reduce the operating costs of its members, and to offer new and improved information services for member libraries, information providers and their users.
ETKN comprises cooperating libraries and information providers located within AASHTO Regions I and II. Its collaboration provides the foundation for a regional transportation knowledge network system that will provide a cohesive transportation information structure for the 21st century.
With the ongoing expansion of the Internet, library and web-based collaborative tools, librarians are currently evaluating sources and formats and examining different technologies to meet users’ needs and expectations. The demands for information refinement are correspondingly increasing with this tremendous volume of information in a range of different formats. ETKN will bring together the expertise necessary to produce both the refinement and quality control that is necessary for the management of this information.
The benefits of ETKN are cost savings through improved access to transportation research with such mechanisms as union catalogs, shared resources and shared expertise of library information specialists. These benefits operate to reach a broad spectrum of the information sector enabling sharing of information and faster access to information resources, including digital collections and web-based reports. Membership in ETKN will produce cost-effectiveness and efficiency to meet the current challenges of the transportation sector.
The following principles guide the strategies of ETKN and describe the roles of libraries that participate in the Network. Conducting activities on behalf of ETKN, members promote excellence in transportation information services. Members use their best efforts to adhere to the following principles:
The following criteria outline expectations for each institution participating in the Network:
If you are interested in joining ETKN, contact the Chair, Christine Gomola Mullin.