Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association, Volume 25, 2015

News from PTRCs

Akron, OH

Akron Summit County Public Library

The Akron Summit County Public Library has been a PTRC since 1995. The patent information is located in the Science and Technology Division of the Main Library. It has been a busy year here at the Akron PTRC. The biggest news from last year was that we embraced the Maker Movement a second time by hosting our second Mini Maker Faire. Overall, we had over 37 Makers participate in our Maker Faire, showing the public “what they make”. We almost doubled our attendance from last year and had 1500 people attend this year’s Maker Faire.

Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Library has been part of the PTRC program since 1984 and I have been involved with the program since 2009. UMass Amherst PTRC serves the western part of the state while the Boston Public Library PTRC serves the eastern region. Located in the Science & Engineering Library, I am the only librarian involved in providing PTRC services to the community. Last spring we were fortunate enough to hire two new science & engineering librarians which in turn allowed me to reduce my liaison department assignments from twelve to five departments.

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan

The Ann Arbor MI PTDL 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 provided intellectual property support to our faculty and students including special innovation offices like Tech Transfer, and Medical Innovation from the university and we also worked with independent inventors from the state of Michigan.

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech Library

The Georgia Tech LibraryThe Georgia Tech Library has been undergoing a renewal process, which includes the construction of a new off-site Library Services Center (storage) shared with the Emory University Libraries to hold the majority of our print collections. We have been working with an outside consulting firm and architects to redesign the library services and space for a renewed 21st Century research library.

Burlington, VT

University of Vermont

A few highlights from the Burlington PTRC.

• Craig Morris of the USPTO came to Burlington for a Trademark presentation in November. The presentation was engaging and informative for all.
• Following the lead of Jan Comfort and others, we are looking at putting out institution's patents into ScholarWorks, the Institutional Repository (IR) for the University of Vermont.
• Engineering and Business students are asking lots of good questions about patents as part of their capstone projects.

Cheyenne, WY

Wyoming State Library

I am Karen Kitchens the Intellectual Property/Documents Librarian at the Wyoming State Library (WSL), located in Cheyenne. I have a BA in Political Science from The University of Akron and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. At WSL I am primarily responsible for the United States Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program (PTRC) and the Federal Documents Repository Program collections, which are housed at the WSL. I have resided in Wyoming for 24 years and have worked at WSL for 5 ½ years.

Cincinnati, OH

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

The Cincinnati Patent & Trademark Resource Center is located in the Information & Reference department of the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (PLCH). The Library has been a member of the PTRC since the program started, so we are lucky to have bound patents going back to the late 1840s. We even have British patents from 1640-1915.

Clemson, SC

Clemson University

This has been an exceptionally busy year! Since last year’s seminar, lots of things have happened. Here are some highlights. And these are just the things related to Patents and Trademarks!

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Public Library

Jim Bettinger is the new PTRC representative, succeeding Robin Speigner upon her retirement in April 2014. While Jim is currently in Science & Technology Dept. on the 3rd floor of the Louis Stokes Wing, the PTRC is located in Government Documents Dept. on the 4th floor of LSW. The two staff members in Government Documents are Mona Brown and Erick Walker.

College Station, TX

Texas A&M University

Howdy from the Texas A&M University West Campus (Business) Library, home of the College Station, Texas PTRC since December 22, 1983. I, Jared Hoppenfeld, along with assistance from library staff member Boyd Conerway, are happy to assist students, faculty, and community members with their P&T questions. Since last seminar, I taught a half-day workshop in July on patents and trademarks at the Texas STEM Librarians’ Conference. I have also established an ongoing relationship with an Innovative Product Design class that invites me to speak about intellectual property every semester.

Dallas, TX

Dallas Public Library

Howdy, folks, and welcome to the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas. Good things happened at the Dallas library: new staff was hired, new programs were developed, and community relations prospered.

Dayton, Ohio

Wright State University

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library has been a PTRC since 2000. Our PTRC collection is located in the Information Commons area of the main library. Access to PubWEST and PubEAST is through the Information Commons reference Desk. A small collection of hard copy materials are available adjacent the “patent workstations.”

Detroit, MI

Detroit Public Library

Detroit PTRC2014 has been a challenging year for us here at the Detroit Public Library. As we move into 2015 there is a spirit of optimism. We are lean and mean, and working harder than ever to provide good customer service.

Fairfield, CT

Sacred Heart University

Our PTRC facility is located in the main library at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Rachel Gaither, our former Business Librarian, began the program in 2008. Since that time, our Social & Behavioral Sciences Librarian, Robert Berry, has extended the reach of the program beyond the campus by organizing patent and trademark workshops in public libraries. He trained me to work with novice searchers at the library and gave me the opportunity to participate in public presentations.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward County Library System

My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger, and I’ve been the Fort Lauderdale PTRC Representative for eighteen years, having worked at the PTRC in the capacity of Patent and Trademark Librarian for twenty years. I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 26 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 Library

Aloha to everyone from our corner of the world.