The Newsletter of the Patent & Trademark Depository Library Association

News from PTDLs

Akron, OH

Akron-Summit County Public Library

The Science & Technology department at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, home of the Akron PTDL, enjoyed a busy 2010. We serve a very diverse population, from university students to tinkering inventors and entrepreneurs to attorneys and engineers, as walk-in, phone or email patrons.

Albany, NY

The main news this year is that we have a new representative to the PTDL Program. Stephanie Barrett is taking over from Bill Schilling who has just retired at the end of March, 2011.


Atlanta, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology

In collaboration with the PTDLP Office at USPTO, Georgia Tech PTDL held a free “Patents and Trademarks 101” Workshop ( on campus in November 2010. This full-day workshop brought together about 120 enthusiastic participants, including inventors, students, faculty, researchers, librarians, business owners, and IP professionals both on campus and throughout the state. Tom Turner, Librarian from the PTDLP Office, helped with the planning of our workshop. Dr. Michael Hydorn and Ms.

Auburn, AL

Last year was active for the Auburn PTDL. I had my first meeting with inventors, organized through the Small Business Development Center on campus.


Cheyenne, WY

Wyoming State Library

The Wyoming State Library (WSL) became a PTDL 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 PTDL 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.

Clemson, SC

Clemson University

Greetings from sunny Clemson SC. As I write this, spring is beginning to become evident on campus. It’s my favorite season here, because it means that the PTDL Training Seminar will begin soon.

College Park, MD

University of Maryland, College Park

Jim Miller and Bob Kackley are still the main “patent folks” at College Park, though we try to get other people involved. Nevenka Zdravkovska and Nedelina Tchangalova are loyal PTDLA members. As in all libraries, there are increasing demands on staff time. We have gotten valuable assistance from our iSchool grad student Francy Stilwell, notably her setting up our new Patents & Trademarks guide at .

Dallas, TX

During the past 12 months, the Government Information Center at the Dallas Public Library has continued to offer intellectual property programs to local inventors.


Dayton, OH

Wright State University, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library

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

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Broward County Main Library

Hi Readers!

My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger, and I’ve been the Fort Lauderdale PTDL Representative for fourteen years, having worked at the PTDL in the capacity of Patent and Trademark Librarian for sixteen years. I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 22 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

A big warm sunny aloha to everyone from our corner of the world. Stewart Chun and Arlene Nagamine are holding down the fort while Carole Suzui is on secret mission to our Office of the State Librarian to compile library statistics for the various reports on our library system’s activity. In Carole’s place, we are happy to have the services of Emily Dovermann from our McCully Public Library. She was willing to try a change of pace from being a Children’s Librarian and is picking up her duties very well.

Houston, Texas

The PTDL at Rice University is located in Fondren Library’s Kelley Center for Government Information and Microforms. Three of our eight staff members (Siu, Linda and Esther) teach patent searching classes to area inventors and offer individual training to inventors and researchers. Six staff members (Ann, Ericka, Esther, Linda, Sarah and Siu) provide assistance at the Kelley Center Service Desk and two staff members (Kim and Jean) run and staff the GIS/Data Center. In addition to our PTDL services, we are both a federal and state depository library.

Little Rock, AR

Arkansas State Library

March 15 will mark the second year that the Arkansas State Library (PTRC since 1983) has been at our new location at 900 W. Capitol Ave in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Arkansas State Library continues to evolve and change. We are currently in the midst of making changes to the location and layout of our Patents and Trademark area. Presently, our patents area is located on the second floor near the conference rooms. This summer we hope to move the patents to the first floor into a new patents and trademark area located near our federal microfiche.

Louisville, KY

Louisville Free Public Library

Let me introduce myself. I’m Rae Shepherd-Shlechter and I have been the PTDL Librarian since 1998 for the Louisville Free Public Library. I’m also the Business Reference Librarian and the Government Documents Librarian at the library.

Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kurt F. Wendt Library

Wendt Library serves the departments of Engineering, Computer Science, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The PTDL representative is Nancy Spitzer. Amy Kindschi, Head of Faculty and Student Services, also provides patent searching expertise. Amy will be attending the training seminar in April this year. Other Wendt librarians who help out with teaching patents are Anne Glorioso, Annie Rauh, Lia Vellardita and Diana Wheeler.

Miami, FL

The Miami-Dade Public Library System, a PTDL since 1985, is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.