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The Library of the Swedish National Road Administration: its Roles, Tasks and Networks Presentation at The SLA Annual Conference, June 7-12, 2003, New York by Anna Maria Magnusson Librarian at Swedish National Road Administration (www.vv.se) E-mail: anna-maria.magnusson@vv.se

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The Library of the Swedish National Road Administration: its Roles, Tasks and Networks

Presentation at

The SLA Annual Conference, June 7-12, 2003, New York

by

Anna Maria Magnusson

Librarian at Swedish National Road Administration (www.vv.se)

E-mail: anna-maria.magnusson@vv.se


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We make the good journey possible

Focusing on people, the Swedish National Road Administration creates opportunities for efficient, safe and environmentally-sound transport for individuals and the business community


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Swedish National Road Administration(SNRA)

  • Four main tasks within the Swedish road transport system:

    Sectorial responsibilities

    for road traffic safety, environmental impact, public transport, ITS etc

    Exercise of public authority

    drawing up an applying regulations for vehicles, driving licences, commercial traffic, maximum speed etc

    National road management

    developing and managing the state road network in the role of a client

    Contracted works

    planning and design, construction, operation and maintainance as contracted by the SNRA and others


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Government agencies and ministries

  • SNRA is a government agency under the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communication

  • The government agencies are operative and often large

  • About 6 500 employees at SNRA (2002)

  • Government ministries are supervising and quite small

  • One library for all the government ministries

  • No ministry library specialised in transportation information


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The role of the library

  • Primary:

    • to add value to SNRA by providing efficient and effective

    • information sources and services

  • Secondary:

    • to be one of the providers of information from SNRA to external

    • customers (students, researchers, other libraries, the general

    • public etc)


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Anna Maria Magnusson

Anna Hultqvist

Inga-Maj Östlin

Library staff


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Library activities and services

  • For internal customers:

  • Provide a relevant collection of literature searchable through a library database

  • Provide a relevant collection of electronic information sources through the library intranet pages (databases, dictionaries, Internet link collection)

  • Promote effective use of information sources through acting as consultants and through training courses in information searching

  • Lending and acquisition, routing of periodicals, reference service, information searches, alerts

  • Library experitise in projects (intranet, document management)


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Library activities and services

  • For external customers:

  • Provide a collection of mainly transportation literature searchable through the library database on Internet

  • Provide a relevant collection of road transport links through the library Internet pages

  • Loans directly to external customers

  • Reference service mainly concerning the SNRA and its publications


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Library webb-pages

  • Internet library webb-pages:

  • http://www.vv.se/biblio/english/index.htm

  • Search form for the library database (in English)

  • Road transport links:

  • http://www.vv.se/for_lang/english/links/index.htm

  • Road safety links


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Library database reference

  • Title: Paving the way for EU enlargement : indicators of transport and environment integration : TERM 2002

  • Publisher: European Environment Agency (EEA). Environmental issues series. No 32

  • Bibliogr data: Köpenhamn, 2002, sid: 63

  • Language: Engelska

  • Keywords: Denmark; English; Transport; Environment; Trend; Emission; Pollution; Fuel; Statistics; Evaluation; State of the art report; Freight transport; Private transport; Policy; EU; Miljö; Utvärdering; Avgas; Förorening; Bränsle; Statistik; Utveckling; Lägesrapport; Godstransport; Persontransport; Effekt

  • ISBN/ISSN: 92-9167-517-2

  • Shelf: Miljö

  • Catalogue number: VV 03.0032

  • Internet link


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About the library

  • Balanced scorecards is used as a tool for planning and setting goals

  • The personal service for our internal and external customers (from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm) is circulated among the staff

  • Acquisition budget for 2003 is SEK 850 000 (approx: $120 000)

  • 38 000 items in the library database

  • 315 journal titles (120 foreign titles)

  • 2 900 loans (2002)


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Transportation information networks in Europe

  • The Nordic-Baltic Library Circle

    • mainly road transportation libraries from Finland, Denmark, Norway,

    • Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden

  • Transtopic http://listserv.vti.se/cgi-bin/wa.exe/

    • a discusssion list, hosted at VTI, for European transportation

    • libraries and information centres

  • Network of ITRD centers in OECD member countries


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Library networks in Sweden

  • The Swedish Association for Information Specialists (TLS)

    • www.tls.se

    • the Swedish equivalent to SLA

  • The Swedish Libray Association

    • www.biblioteksforeningen.org

    • with a ”special group” for government authority libraries


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    Thank you for inviting me!

    • Making our networks widen


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