Madison, WI

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. Other Wendt librarians who help out with teaching patents are Anne Glorioso, Annie Rauh, Lia Vellardita and Diana Wheeler.

Nancy and Amy teach patents searching in numerous undergraduate and graduate classes in engineering professional development, mechanical engineering senior design, and in biotechnology and microbiology. When we recently compiled some reference and instruction statistics for the PTDLP Office we discovered that Wendt librarians have taught more than 125 class sessions over the past three years,

Following a familiar trend, the number of reference consultations have declined (especially the walk-ins), but hits on our patents web pages and Patents research guide continue to increase (1492 in 2008 to 3151 in 2009). Wendt librarians provided 67 walk-in, phone and email consultations for patent and trademark services this past year.

-Nancy Spitzer