Big change seemed to be the theme for 2011 – both on the local level and for the larger PTDL program. The year started with the retirement of two long-term Science & Technology department librarians, who, while not directly responsible for the library PTDL program, were nonetheless a deep resource upon which we had come to depend. The good thing to come out of the retirements was the hiring of new librarian Janice Radl who was quickly added to the Patent Team, Continue reading
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Library has been part of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Program since 1984. During that time many changes have taken place and most recently the majority of the patent materials were moved to the Science & Engineering Library. When I first took on the responsibility as the representative in 2009 the patent materials, including the PubWest computer terminal, were located in the main Du Bois Library. This made it very difficult for me to gain experience using the database and for setting up patent search appointments. Continue reading
Georgia Tech Library has gone through many changes 2011. The biggest of which was the grand opening of the G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (Clough Commons) in August 2011. This 220,000 thousand square foot, sustainably-built and operated facility connected to the Library on two levels, is designed to centralize core support services of undergraduate learning and technology assistance, and to improve the academic success of students at Georgia Tech. The Clough Commons is part of the Library. Continue reading
We’ve had an extremely quiet year, so I don’t have a whole lot to report. Our public patrons have had mostly mechanical inventions based on a need they noticed while going about their own routines. One of our professors has developed an interest in trademarks, so I’ve gotten more experience doing trademark searching. I find it more challenging than patent searching because you really have to analyze an image and can’t rely as much on keyword searching. Continue reading
The BECPL Central Branch completed its departmental transition process. All of our non-fiction materials, including our patent collection, were merged onto a single floor. All of our publicly available computer workstations were also configured in one area, and we began planning a new set-up for our PubWEST workstation.
Our PTRC representative delivered a class length power point presentation on US patents and the patent searching process to a group of LIS students at the University of Buffalo. Continue reading
Greeting s to all PTRCs! The Wyoming State Library (WSL) has been a PTRC 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 PTRC 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.
The majority of my patron contacts this past year were via phone or email. Continue reading
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been a member of the Patent & Trademark Depository Library system since it’s inception in 1871. In 2011, we moved all of the paper patent resources to one location, in our stacks, for easier access. This shifting was a large undertaking, but the staff pitched in and we found many interesting volumes that had gotten misplaced over the years.
Linda Kocis, Intellectual Property Librarian, Continue reading
It has been a very eventful year here at Clemson. Since last year’s Seminar, I have been involved in a number of Intellectual Property activities. On April 26th I celebrated World Intellectual Property Day with a program for Library staff. The theme for the year was “Designing the Future,” so the program was mostly about design patents, with some trademarks and copyrights thrown in for good measure. Attendance was pretty good, and not JUST for the cake. Continue reading
Dallas Public Library
We continued to offer the bi-monthly One-to-One Question and Answer Workshops. Patent Librarian Steve Gaither coordinated the sessions with Patent Attorney and former Patent Examiner Bob Wise. Inventors participated in individual 20-minute sessions with Bob. This program always receives high ratings from attendees and inevitably has a waiting list for the next class.
The unit hosted Brainstorming for Inventors and Entrepreneurs, taught by Oklahoma-based Patent Agent Robert Frantz. Continue reading
The year 2011 was a busy year for us. In April, we moved into our newly renovated department. For a year we had shared cramped quarters with another department as construction took place.
In July 2011 we were invited to share a booth with the USPTO at the Maker Faire, which was a 2 day event for those who like to make things. It was a great experience, not only for us, but for the attendees, Continue reading
My name is Eileen Fischlschweiger, and I’ve been the Fort Lauderdale PTRC Representative for fifteen years, having worked at the PTRC in the capacity of Patent and Trademark Librarian for seventeen years. I have been a librarian with the Broward County Library System for over 23 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, Continue reading
We wish you all a warm sunny aloha from our little slice of paradise in Hawaii. Arlene Nagamine and Stewart Chun have been left behind as Carole Suzui has accepted a permanent new assignment, which includes a promotion, with the State Librarian’s Office producing all the statistical reports for the library system. In Carole’s place, we are fortunate in having Emily Dovermann fill in while Carole was on extended assignment. If all goes well, Emily will be our representative at the next training seminar. Continue reading
Hi from Rae Shepherd-Shlechter at the Louisville Free Public Library. 2011 was a banner year.
We had a rebirth of sorts of the Louisville Metro Inventors Council. I got coverage in the Courier Journal, so it was a bit of a media coup. My favorite quote from the article was: “My goal is to train you so you can do a (patent) search from the comfort of your home with your bunny slippers and a bottle of beer…” A modest goal but an important one, Continue reading
Wendt Commons Library serves the departments of Engineering, Computer Science, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The library has been a PTDL since 1976.
The PTRC representative is Nancy Spitzer. Our other patents librarian, Amy Kindschi, retired in October after 18 years as head of Public Services at Wendt. Her hard work and substantial expertise are greatly missed. Collections Librarian Jody Hoesly is now learning the ropes and joins Nancy in providing patent information services. Continue reading
Kristina Gómez is the new Patent and Trademark librarian at Milwaukee Public Library. Now in its sixty second year as a PTRC, Milwaukee Public Library is exploring new ways to support our local inventors. A revised monthly Patent Searching 101 program, which is expected to be held throughout the city’s twelve branch locations, is part of MPL’s goal to better serve our business, entrepreneur and inventor community. The Business, Science and Technology department celebrated African American history month with a display highlighting African American Inventors and is looking forward to an even larger display to celebrate National Inventors Month in May. Continue reading
At Minneapolis Central, part of the Hennepin County Library system, 2011 was pretty much business as usual again. I continued to do my “patent talk” once a month. Attendance is smaller (4-5 people) now than when I started do it back in 1994 (12-15 people), but those that do attend tell me it’s been very helpful and a great place to start with the patenting process.
We also continued to partner with a LegalCORPS, Continue reading