The Newsletter of the Patent & Trademark Depository Library Association

News from PTDLs

Akron, OH

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Big change seemed to be the theme for 2011 – both on the local level and for the larger PTDL program. The year started with the retirement of two long-term Science & Technology department librarians, who, while not directly responsible for the library PTDL program, were nonetheless a deep resource upon which we had come to depend. The good thing to come out of the retirements was the hiring of new librarian Janice Radl who was quickly added to the Patent Team, along with Monique Mason and Curtis Bower.

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Library has been part of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Program since 1984. During that time many changes have taken place and most recently the majority of the patent materials were moved to the Science & Engineering Library. When I first took on the responsibility as the representative in 2009 the patent materials, including the PubWest computer terminal, were located in the main Du Bois Library. This made it very difficult for me to gain experience using the database and for setting up patent search appointments.

Ann Arbor, MI

The Ann Arbor MI PTRC is located in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) in the Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan.


Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech University

Georgia Tech Library has gone through many changes 2011. The biggest of which was the grand opening of the G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (Clough Commons) in August 2011. This 220,000 thousand square foot, sustainably-built and operated facility connected to the Library on two levels, is designed to centralize core support services of undergraduate learning and technology assistance, and to improve the academic success of students at Georgia Tech. The Clough Commons is part of the Library.

Baltimore, MD

University of Baltimore Law Library

We’ve had an extremely quiet year, so I don’t have a whole lot to report. Our public patrons have had mostly mechanical inventions based on a need they noticed while going about their own routines. One of our professors has developed an interest in trademarks, so I’ve gotten more experience doing trademark searching. I find it more challenging than patent searching because you really have to analyze an image and can’t rely as much on keyword searching.

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Central Branch

The BECPL Central Branch completed its departmental transition process. All of our non-fiction materials, including our patent collection, were merged onto a single floor. All of our publicly available computer workstations were also configured in one area, and we began planning a new set-up for our PubWEST workstation.

Cheyenne, WY

Wyoming State Library

Greeting s to all PTRCs! The Wyoming State Library (WSL) has been a PTRC in 2005. I am the sole staff member within the PTDL, and additionally manage the Federal Depository Library Program here at WSL. We are the only PTRC in the state and consequently, serve the entire population of Wyoming. Our state population is approximately 544,000. As you can imagine, this compels me to focus more actively on distance service versus in-house.

Cincinnati, OH

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been a member of the Patent & Trademark Depository Library system since it’s inception in 1871. In 2011, we moved all of the paper patent resources to one location, in our stacks, for easier access. This shifting was a large undertaking, but the staff pitched in and we found many interesting volumes that had gotten misplaced over the years.

Clemson, SC

R.M. Cooper Library, Clemson University

It has been a very eventful year here at Clemson. Since last year’s Seminar, I have been involved in a number of Intellectual Property activities. On April 26th I celebrated World Intellectual Property Day with a program for Library staff. The theme for the year was “Designing the Future,” so the program was mostly about design patents, with some trademarks and copyrights thrown in for good measure. Attendance was pretty good, and not JUST for the cake. In the fall, I participated in our Library Instruction program designed to reach EVERY freshman and transfer student.

College Park, MD

COLLEGE PARK (PTDL/PTRC since 1984) - Our big news this year is Bob Kackley's retirement, March 1st 2012.


Dallas, TX

Dallas Public Library

Dallas Public Library

We continued to offer the bi-monthly One-to-One Question and Answer Workshops. Patent Librarian Steve Gaither coordinated the sessions with Patent Attorney and former Patent Examiner Bob Wise. Inventors participated in individual 20-minute sessions with Bob. This program always receives high ratings from attendees and inevitably has a waiting list for the next class.

Dayton, OH

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library has been a PTRC since 2000. Our PTRC collection is stored in the Information Commons area of the main library.


Detroit, MI

Detroit Public Library

The year 2011 was a busy year for us. In April, we moved into our newly renovated department. For a year we had shared cramped quarters with another department as construction took place.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Broward County Main Library

Hi Readers!

My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger, and I’ve been the Fort Lauderdale PTRC Representative for fifteen years, having worked at the PTRC in the capacity of Patent and Trademark Librarian for seventeen years. I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 23 years. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in both Chemistry and Physics (double major). I also have a Master’s degree in Communications, a considerable amount of graduate level coursework in Education, and a second Master’s degree in Library Science.

Honolulu, HI

Hawaii State Public Library System

We wish you all a warm sunny aloha from our little slice of paradise in Hawaii. Arlene Nagamine and Stewart Chun have been left behind as Carole Suzui has accepted a permanent new assignment, which includes a promotion, with the State Librarian’s Office producing all the statistical reports for the library system. In Carole’s place, we are fortunate in having Emily Dovermann fill in while Carole was on extended assignment. If all goes well, Emily will be our representative at the next training seminar. I hope you get a chance to meet her and give her a big warm welcome.

Houston, TX

The PTRC at Rice University had a busy year. We were so happy to welcome Siu Min Yu back from her fellowship at the PTDL Program Office in Virginia.