This is Connie Wu, Engineering and Patent Information Specialist, at Library of Science and Medicine at Rutgers University Libraries. Rutgers University (RUL) has been a PTRC since May 9, 1989. I have been working for PTRC since day one!
2016 was a year of change for our Center. In February I took over as manager from Kate Meddaugh. Our Center has been located in the Science and History Division since its inception in 1999 and Kate masterly led it for 10 years. Being no fool, I didn’t let Kate totally retire from the Center! We continue to be funded by Catherine Carlson, daughter of Chester F. Carlson, inventor of xerography.
The Salt Lake City PTRC was designated a Patent Depository Library (PDL) in 1984 with Juli Hinz – head of the Government Documents Division – as the first Patent Representative. I was hired as one of the government documents librarians and joined the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah in January 1987. A little more than thirty years later, and I am now about to retire in August 2017.
Gary Klockenga continues as the San Diego PTRC representative. Designated on January 26, 1984, the PTRC is located in the Government Documents Department the Central Library. Working in conjunction with our Innovation Center, we are very busy connecting with our local entrepreneurs.
Nan Myers and I, Sara Butts, are the representatives of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at Wichita State University’s Ablah Library, located on the main campus of the university. The library has been a PTRC, originally a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL), since 1991.