CTR Library Digitizes CATS Publications

In May of 2013, the Center for Transportation Research Library embarked on digitizing the majority of its Council for Advanced Transportation Studies (CATS) collection.* In 1972, the then President of The University of Texas at Austin (UT) formed the Council as a “multidisciplinary transportation and education organization, focusing on national, state, and local transportation problems while providing an academic background for the development of professional careers in several fields of transportation.” (CTR Annual Report 1979-1980)

Photo: John F. Betak, Dr. W.R. Hudson, and other members of the Council meet
CATS members meet in 1973 (John F. Betak and
Dr. W.R. Hudson, center) –CATS 1973 Annual Report
The organization grew under the leadership of directors including W.R. Hudson, Thomas W. Kennedy, and John F. Betak. CATS secured millions of dollars from institutions like the Department of Transportation, the United States Forest Service, the United Nations, and the World Bank. This funding went to support the research of faculty, researcher, and graduate students from a variety of fields. The Council also twice organized and co-sponsored “The Southwest Conference on Coordinating Mobility Programs for the Transportation Disadvantaged.”


Photo: Council staff using RTIS reference materials.
The Council’s information center, RTIS
–CATS 1978 Annual Report
While the Council’s primary function was to promote academics and research, the council additionally worked to provide transportation related information services. It developed a Regional Transportation Information System to collect and disseminate transportation resources in both analog and digital forms. After seven fruitful years conducting funded research, sponsoring conferences, hosting guest speakers, and conducting educational programs, CATS joined the Center for Highway Research to create what is now the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) in March of 1979.

Photo: Dr. Machemehl addresses group
“Dr. Randy B. Machemehl addresses Traffic Safety Coordinators at the
Problem Identification Short Course in January, 1978” — CATS 1978 Annual Report

The CATS collection housed in the CTR Library includes over 70 research reports, research memos, conference proceedings, and annual reports. The library turned each digitized report into a full-text searchable PDF and uploaded them into both the CTR Library catalog and the UT Digital Repository. The decision to disseminate the information in both the catalog and digital repository provides the benefits of greater exposure online and the long-term preservation of these digital documents. The digitization team at CTR Library was able to work with librarians in the UT Libraries system. A special thanks is given to Amy Rushing, Head Librarian of Digital Access Services and Wendy K. Martin, Preservation and Digitization Services Manager for their help in the planning, digitization, and repository upload phases of the project.

Photo: Joe Ternus and Dr. C. Michael Walton
Mr. Joe Ternus with Dr. C. Michael Walton
–CATS 1974 Annual Report
A sample of the titles digitized include “Carpool and Bus Matching Program for the University of Texas at Austin”, “Personality Factors in Accident Causation”, “Drugs and Their Effect on Driving Performance”, and “Survey of Ground Transportation Patterns at the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport.” Although only final reports will be accessible online, additional research memos and reports are also available for use at the library at 1616 Guadalupe, Suite 4.202.

CTR Library is currently accepting donations of additional CATS reports and other publications from CTR’s history.

Photo: CATS students
CATS graduate students hard at work –CATS 1978 Annual Report

* The library thanks Marcia McIntosh for handling this project. Marcia is a Graduate Research Assistant at CTR Library and a Master of Information Studies candidate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

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