Akron Summit County Public Library, Science and Technology Department
2012 has been both a year of change and a year of business as usual for us here at the Akron Summit County Public Library, Science and Technology Department. First, we got a new supervisor in Monique Mason in September. Monique replaced Valerie Sherman when Valerie was promoted to the Collection Development Department. We are very happy for Monique and welcome her as our new supervisor. We are currently rearranging our Main Library, combining departments etc.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Science and Engineering Library
This past year I continued to learn about patents and trademarks since becoming the PTRC representative in 2009. UMass Amherst has been part of the PTRC program since 1984 and throughout that time a number of different people have been involved with the program. At this point in time I am the only person involved with patent and trademarks but am part of a larger team that deals with government information in general.
The Ann Arbor MI PTRC is located in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) in the Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan. AAEL houses the Art & Design, Architecture & Urban Planning and Engineering Collections. We had a visit from Resource Supervisory Examiners (SPE) Ram Shukla and Matthew Daniels from the USPTO Detroit Satellite office. They presented to two Engineering classes and met with faculty affiliated with the Entrepreneurship program. We also participated in the USPTO Saturday Patent Seminar at the USPTO Detroit Satellite office.
Collaborating with the Inventors Association of Georgia (IAG), the PTRC at the Georgia Tech Library organized the “Inventing the Future 2012” - a whole day seminar in the brand new Clough Commons building, on Saturday, April 21, 2012, About 160 enthusiastic inventors, students and professionals participated in the seminar which covered topics such as how the new law (the American Invent Act) affects inventors; provisional application for patents best practices; technology commercialization and licensing, as well as tips for manufacturing and business development.
The Auburn PTRC made several changes during the year. After considering the options, we closed down our CASSIS collection and now provide reference from online sources. I am using the PubWEST system more and more, and I really like the Grid which allows me to sort results by patent classification. I hope that this becomes the standard for disseminating patent information in the future.
The Government Documents Department in the Birmingham Public Library experienced a change in leadership during 2012. The Department, which houses the Patent and Trademark collection, was combined with the Southern History Department in August. The current department head is Ben Petersen. He replaces Jim Murray, who successfully assisted a patron last year in filing for a trademark for a cartoon character.
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Central Branch
Our library set-up and activated a new PubWEST workstation. We began planning for our PubEAST interface launch. Our PTRC representative created a multi-media Subject Guide for patents, trademarks, and copyrights; it can be found on the BECPL website.
The Wyoming State Library (WSL) became a PTRC in 2005. I am the sole staff member within the PTRC, 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 a consequence, the majority of my service is distance (phone and email) versus one-on-one interactions here at WSL.
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (PLCH) houses the Patent Resource Center in the Information & Reference Department. One librarian oversees the collection, teaches the classes about Intellectual Property and patent searching, and answers most of the public’s questions about patents, trademark and copyright.
Texas A&M University West Campus (Business) Library
Greetings from the Texas A&M University West Campus (Business) Library, home of the College Station, Texas PTRC. We have been with the PTRC Program since December 22, 1983. In the past year, Ron Hambric, who has worked with the PTDL/PTRC for many years, retired and we wish him the best. Boyd Conerway has been hired to assist Jared Hoppenfeld with all things PTRC. The highlight of the year was our Patent & Trademark Day, which took place on February 20, 2013.
Out-going Patent Librarian Steven Gaither helped coordinate a USPTO "America Invents Act Roadshow" at Dallas Public Library. The audience of 170 attendees included patent attorneys, patent agents, and independent inventors.
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Wright State University
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. In 2012, we had a nice round number of 495 requests for patent and trademark information through email, telephone, appointments and a few IMs. Class and community presentations were well attended with 305.
The last year has been a busy one for us. All of Michigan was proud and excited when the first USPTO Detroit Satellite Office opened on June 13. The opening ceremony was well attended. Thanks to this, our visibility as a PTRC was enhanced. We participated in the Detroit Maker Faire on July 28, sharing an information booth with the USPTO. Our HYPE Teen Center also had a booth, displaying the creations from our DIY group, one of the first programs of its kind at a library. There is a lot of innovative and creative talent all around us.
My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger, and I’ve been the Fort Lauderdale PTRC Representative for sixteen years, having worked at the PTRC in the capacity of Patent and Trademark Librarian for eighteen years. I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 24 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.