Journal of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association, Volume 31, 2021

News from PTRCs

Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts

This year the UMass Amherst PTRC continued to serve the community in spite of the UMass Amherst Libraries being closed to the community. Questions and consultations were answered over email, the phone, and via Zoom consultations.  With the libraries closed, and very few staff working on-site, an opportunity arose to do some work that otherwise would be impossible while patrons were in the building.

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI PTRC is located in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) in the Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan.

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech University

The Georgia Tech Library joined the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), then Patent Depository Library (PDL), in 1946. Lisha Li is the current representative.

The year 2020 was not a normal one for every one of us. In mid-March 2020, we had to switch to remote working abruptly due to the pandemic and everyone coped with the sudden change. With support from colleagues and the Library, we were able to continue our monthly patent classes, regular patent and trademark reference and consultation by email, phone and virtual via Blue Jeans.

Austin, TX

University of Texas at Austin

Greetings from the Austin (Texas) PTRC.

Baltimore, MD

University of Maryland

College Park PTRC is based in the University of Maryland STEM Library, formerly the Engineering Library, which combined with the Charles E White Chemistry Library in 2018. Jim Miller has been PTRC Rep since 1998, after our founding Rep Judy Erickson, retired. I am sorry to report that Judy died July 18, 2020, but a few of the EPSL “Old Guard” were fortunate to join her for a reunion lunch in late 2019, before the pandemic.

Dayton, OH

Wright State University

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library has been a PTRC since 2000.  Our PTRC collection is located in the commons area of the main library.  Access to PubWEST and PubEAST is through our Information Desk.  Our PTRC workstation is in a standalone area for more privacy.

In August 2020, our library building opened to the public but reference services continued to be provided remotely.  This included the PTRC.  I held 2 public WebEx programs on patents and trademarks with a total attendance of 11.  There was a significant drop in service requests, 24, from the community. 

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward County Main Library

My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger and I’ve been the patent and trademark librarian for the Fort Lauderdale Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Broward County Main Library for 26 years, and the PTRC representative for 24 years.  I have been a librarian with Broward County Library for over 32 years.  My undergraduate degree is Bachelor of Science, with a double major in both Chemistry and Physics.  I also have a Master’s degree in Communications, graduate coursework in Education, and a second Master’s degree in Library Science.

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Highland Heights PTRC customer activity and outreach remained steady with 85 one-on-one virtual customer meetings, and multiple presentations for groups thanks to Zoom. Onsite PTRC rep John Schlipp supports intellectual property awareness for our Northern Kentucky University (NKU) campus customers, as well as the regional community including nearby Cincinnati, Ohio and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Honolulu, HI

Hawaii State Library

The Hawaii State Library has been a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) since December 18, 1989.  Our PTRC is a part of the Federal Documents Section, a selective Federal depository since May 31, 1929.  We are also a passport acceptance facility since July 15, 2003. 

Emily Dovermann is the PTRC representative.  Due to a wave of COVID-19 retirements and the statewide hiring freeze, all other PTRC staff members except Emily—Ashley Kajioka, Mark Orimoto and Emelinda Casco—are on temporary assignments to fill the vacancies in other sections within the library.  

Houghton, MI

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University’s J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library in Houghton, MI has been home to a PTRC since 2013. Annelise Doll, Scholarly Communications Librarian, has served as the representative since 2019. Despite the complications brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Annelise has continued to faithfully provide virtual services for consultations and groups via phone, email, and zoom.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Public Library

Our PTRC is located in the Science, Technology, and Patents Department on Lower Level 2 of Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. We are among the first PTRCs since the 1870s.

Minneapolis, MN

Hennepin County Library

The Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library system) was designated as a PTRC in the fall of 1980.

Walt Johnson began working at Minneapolis Central in 1994 and was the 13th PTRC Fellowship Librarian from Oct 2002-2004.

Amelia Cohoes began working at Minneapolis Central Library in 2017 and was the 30th PTRCP Fellowship Librarian from August 2018 – July 2019.

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University

Since 1991 the Evansdale Library at West Virginia University has served inventors and innovators.  Our patrons are not only from campus’s engineers, agriculturists, designers, health professionals, business students, scientists, and young entrepreneurs but also from across our state reaching entrepreneurs and innovators.  Working as a part of WVU’s IDEA Hub, the Library is an important part of the University’s services to entrepreneurs and innovators who are students, faculty, and citizens of West Virginia.  Although I have been working remotely since March 2020, I continue to be able to se

Orlando, FL

University of Central Florida

The Orlando PTRC has been located at the John C. Hitt Library at the University of Central Florida since December 30, 1988.

Philadelphia, PA

Free Library of Philadelphia

The Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia system has been the Philadelphia PTRC’s home since 1986. The PTRC is part of the newly renovated Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) space of the library, which has ample space for those inventors, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and job seekers who want to take advantage of the department’s classes, events, one-on-one-appointments, study areas and meeting capacity.

Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers University