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WSDOT Library Use Charts

Who’s Using The Library?

  • The library is used by all regions
  • Use of the library by all regions and modes is on a slight rise.
  • Most library activity comes from Headquarters.
Library Use by Region from June through October 2006
Region Jun. 2006 Jul. 2006 Aug. 2006 Sep. 2006 Oct. 2006
Eastern 1 1 1 2 2
Ferries 2 0 3 2 2
Headquarters 28 46 33 41 56
North Central 1 1 1 3 1
Northwest 15 5 5 3 10
Olympic 5 3 5 7 14
South Central 0 1 0 0 1
Southwest 3 1 5 5 6
Urban Corridors 0 1 2 0 3
Non-WSDOT 6 6 8 6 8


Library Headquarters Use by Program

  • Library usage is broad based
  • Heavier usage comes from the Environmental & Engineering Program, Strategic Planning & Programming, and Maintenance and Operations
Library Use by Program for Headquarters
Date Audit Communications EEP F&A Freight M&O PTR ORLS Leadership GRO SP&P
3rd Quarter 2006 1 6 39 4 1 16 3 9 9 3 21


Areas of Inquiry 3rd Quarter 2006

  • Questions asked were broken into broad categories based on the top-level terms of the Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT).
    • The TRT is a controlled vocabulary developed jointly by the National Transportation Library and the Transportation Research Board, and gives us a standardized way to classify requests for information
  • The 22 major areas of inquiry designated by TRT top terms are listed below the following graph.
  • Areas of inquiry are useful in gauging areas where library collections and resources are needed.
  • Large numbers of questions in particular areas suggest where greater emphasis be placed on developing library resources.
TRT Areas of Inquiry 3rd Quarter 2006
Month Areas/Regions Communication & Control Construction & Maintenance Disciplines Economic & Socal Factors Environment Facilities Information Organization Legal Management & Organization Materials Mathematics Organizations Persons/Personal Characteristics Physical Phenomenon Planning & Design Safety & Security Testing Time Transportation Transportation Operations Vehicles & Equipment
July 2 3 0 0 4 12 0 8 0 3 0 1 0 2 1 7 6 3 0 4 4 4
August 1 2 6 0 9 10 1 2 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 4 2 2 0 2 4 1
September 1 4 8 0 11 7 0 5 7 4 1 1 0 1 3 11 0 2 0 2 2 1