Category: Resources To Know

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Researching L.A. 101: Step-By-Step Instructions For Finding Historical Information About The Los Angeles Area

This past weekend, the Metro Transportation Library & Archive participated in the 6th Annual LA as Subject Archives Bazaar. The annual event brings together more than 80 exhibitors showcasing their collections, answering questions, networking amongst each other, and attending educational workshops,…

6 Years, 2,000 Posts & 1 Million Emails Later: The Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Following The Los Angeles Transportation Headlines

  Our social media outreach consists of numerous online properties ranging from resource sharing to social networking, but five years ago, it all began with our Los Angeles Transportation Headlines Blog. In late 2005, taking a cue from the transportation…

Follow Me: Tweeting Transit News Builds Community, Knowledge & New Information Tools

We hit a milestone today:  we acquired our 2,000th follower on the Metro Transportation Library & Archive Twitter account. Earlier today, Thousand Oaks Transit followed us on Twitter, pushing us past the 2,000 mark for the first time. Launched just…

Announcing The Metro Library Twitter Daily, The Easiest Way To Keep Up With The Transportation Conversation — Without Joining Twitter!

Being immersed in a wealth of data, information and knowledge every day keeps you on your toes — and on the verge of being completely overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve created a daily Twitter newspaper to do the work for you.…

Approaching Transportation Research: Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Started & Up-To-The-Minute Bibliographies For Hot Transportation Topics

Whether you need answers fast or you are not familiar with a subject or its terminology, a timely and effective quest for knowledge can be challenging.  Transit and transportation research can be especially daunting. These fields of study are interdisciplinary…

Online Access To Environmental Impact Reports & Statements: Metro’s New Digital Library Of Los Angeles Transit Project Documents

Among the most vital core resources that tell the story of how Los Angeles’ transit projects were planned are those contained within our environmental impact report and environmental impact statement documents. Now, many of them are found in our new collection of online EIRs/EISs which date back…

Resources To Know: Mapping All Of America With Key Census Data, Block By Block

The New York Times recently released its mapping project containing information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The Survey is a statistical sampling of 1 in 10 Americans between the years 2005 and 2009. Unlike the decennial census we are…

1,000,000 And Counting: Metro Library’s Historic Photo Collection On Flickr Hits A Major Milestone

Today, we achieved something extraordinary:  Our online photo collection has been viewed more than one million times on Flickr since implementation. Just over two years ago, we began uploading the first of what is now more than 7,000 scanned images from our historic…

Reading L.A.: The Los Angeles Times Takes On The Literature Of L.A.’s Architecture & Urbanism Throughout 2011

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne has announced a new year-long project titled “Reading L.A.” Each month, Hawthorne will be examining Los Angeles through the lens of classic writing in the fields of Southern California architecture and urbanism. He…

Resources To Know: California Transit Association & Its Annual Legislative Summary

Since its founding in 1965, the California Transit Association (CTA) has been a primary advocate for public transportation in the state. The Association’s team of legislative advocates works to promote multi-year transit funding and to represent transit’s interests before the…