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Library Offering Patent and Trademark Searching Workshops in April

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering three patent and trademark searching workshops in April. Each will be offered twice; click the date and time or your preferred session to register. All workshops will take place in Library 242.

Basic Patent Searching
This workshop will cover basic patent searching in the USPTO website database using the recommended “Seven Step Strategy.” We will discuss why keyword searching of patents must be supplemented with a classification search, how to identify relevant patent classes and search within them and how to cross-reference related classes.
Tuesday, April 1, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Advanced Patent Searching
This workshop will cover other database options aside from the USPTO website to search for patents, including patents issued in countries other than the US. We will explore Espacenet, PatentScope and Google Patents and discuss some advanced searching strategies.
Thursday, April 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Trademark Searching
This workshop will cover the basics of trademarking a product or service, as well as searching both word and image trademarks to ensure your trademark is unique.
Tuesday, April 22, 12 to 1:30 p.m.


Van Pelt & Opie Library Offering Google Power Users Workshop

Google is a powerful search engine, but finding the most relevant information can be a challenge. Focusing on Google, Google Scholar, and Google Books, this librarian-led workshop will explore more complex searching techniques and special features to turn you into a Google Power User!

Date: Thursday, March 20th
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: Library 243 – Experimental Education Environment (E3)

Pre-registration is required; please click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Lucchesi at slucches@mtu.edu or 487-3379.


CTL Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, consisting of three one-hour sequential workshops, Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction.
Instruction and Learning Librarian, Sarah Lucchesi, is delivering the module through the CTL’s University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program. In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6),  we will explore the library’s information resources, options for assistance with additional instruction, and assignment elements that allow students to practice each of the information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this three-workshop series, or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Monday March 4, 18, and 25 from 11 a.m., to 12 p.m., in Library 244. Please register by 12 p.m., Friday March 1. If you have any questions, please contact instrlib@mtu.edu


Notice of Fee Increases

The University Archives will be increasing its fees for our duplication services due to increasing costs. These increases will go into effect February 1. Details may be found on our duplication services information page.

Recalls: For Van Pelt and Opie Library books, a patron may recall a loaned item. The current borrower has 21 days to return the item although we welcome feedback about this timeframe. When the returned item is not returned by 22 days, our fine will increase to $5.00/day from $1.00/day. The high demand on recalled items has made it necessary for us to study practices and fine levels at other research universities who are successful in obtaining prompt returns. The library staff is also studying the potential need for increasing the overdue fines on our convenience items (cameras, calculators, laptops) due to the high demand and high level of overdue items. The increase in the recall fine for books will go into effect on February 15th.

Recalls: Beginning February 15, all interlibrary loan borrowers will be charged $5.00/day for any items they fail to return after receiving a Recall Notice from the library. The fine will go into effect three days after the borrower is sent the recall notice. Recall dates may vary by lending library. In most cases, a borrowed item can be renewed before the due date. This policy and the amount charged is customary at other research universities in Michigan. Delays in returning borrowed materials jeopardizes a lending library’s willingness to continue to lend to us.

Lost or damaged item processing fee: A $25.00 processing fee has historically been added to any charges associated with lost or damaged items from the Van Pelt and Opie Library collections or those borrowed and lost via ILL. This fee has been reduced to $10.00 effective now.

For questions, concerns or additional suggestions, please contact Ellen Marks, University Librarian ebmarks@mtu.edu


November patent and citation workshops

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering three workshops in November.

Basic Patent Searching 
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
This workshop will cover basic patent searching in the USPTO website database using the recommended “Seven Step Strategy.” We will discuss why keyword searching of patents must be supplemented with a classification search; how to identify relevant patent classes and search within them; and how to cross-reference related classes.
Click here to register.

Advanced Patent Searching 
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
This workshop will cover other database options aside from the USPTO website to search for patents, including patents issued in countries other than the US. We will explore Espacenet, PatentScope and Google Patents; and discuss some advanced searching strategies.
Click here to register.

Citation Searching for Faculty and Graduate Students 
Thursday, Nov. 14, 12-1 p.m.
This workshop will demonstrate finding articles that cite your articles in a variety of databases that the library offers. We will also discuss methods of estimating impact factor.
Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Lucchesi at slucches@mtu.edu or 7-3379.


Collaboration Results in Experimental Education Environment Creation

The Experimental Education Environment (E3) is a new space meant to support all Michigan Tech instructors’ experimentation with instructional designs, use of instructional technology or educational media and room or furniture arrangement. As a collaboration among the staff of the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, Information Technology’s Media Services and the Van Pelt and Opie Library staff, instructors interested in using this space for formal instruction or informal student groups will receive support for their pedagogical ideas or challenges from the Center for Teaching and Learning’s instructional designers or technology idea support from IT’s Media Services.

For more information on scheduling or to register for upcoming orientation sessions, click here.


New, Student-centered Library Hours

The Van Pelt and Opie Library has introduced expanded hours.

The new Library Overnight Services are midnight to 8 a.m. every day for current Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff. Hours for guests, visitors and members of the community have also been increased from 8 a.m. to midnight daily.

Entry into the library for overnight services will be at the library’s main door with an active HuskyCard.

Students celebrate the beginning of the Van Pelt and Opie Library's Overnight Services with milk and cookies at midnight


November 6th: “Patent and Trademark Day” Celebration

The Van Pelt and Opie Library would like to invite all interested individuals to join  representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday, November 6th for a free series of workshops on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property issues in order to celebrate the official opening of Michigan Technological University’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). 

Located in the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the PTRC will benefit University students, faculty, and staff as well as inventors and independent researchers from the surrounding communities.  Services offered will include by-appointment individual patent and trademark searching help with trained librarians, access to robust patent-searching databases available only at PTRCs, patent and trademark searching workshops, and books and other helpful materials on the patent and/or trademark application process from beginning to end.  Ellen Marks, University Librarian, emphasizes the importance of the PTRC’s services for individuals, groups and businesses located throughout the Upper Peninsula and Eastern Wisconsin — “everyone is welcome to use our services, uncommonly available in rural areas.”

The day’s events will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of the PTRC, followed by a luncheon for all attendees. For a full agenda of the day’s events, and to register, visit: http://www.mtu.edu/library/ptrc.  Please register even if you can only join us for part of the day!

Please direct questions to Instruction Librarian Sarah Lucchesi at slucches@mtu.edu or 906-487-3379.


New Version of BrowZine for iOS7 Available

BorwZine LogoNew version of BrowZine, 1.2.1, is now available in the Apple App Store. In this new version we fix a pesky iOS7 bug and speeds up the loading of your holdings data. If you’ve already installed iO7, this new version has likely already automatically downloaded and installed. If you have not yet installed iOS7, please find the new version in the App Store. Thank you!

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