Author: Sue Polanka

Free Patent Basics Workshop at Wright State University Libraries

pop top can patent
Ermal Fraze’s Patent for Pop-Top Can

How do you protect an idea?  Are you currently working on a new product but don’t know where to start? The Wright State University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is offering a basic patent information and research workshop for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. The workshop will cover the basic concepts of a patent, the process for applying and examination, and what inventor resources are available in the community and from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The workshop focuses on the basic prior art search techniques using the free search databases European Patent Office’s (EPO) Espacenet and the USPTO PatFT and AppFT.  The fundamental concepts of the “prior art” search will be explained and how the search relates to the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system.   The workshop will include an update on the coming changes to the USPTO web site and patent databases.

This free patent basics workshop will be held, Saturday morning , July 24, 10:30am- 12:00pm

Wright State’s library is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center (the PTRC is a USPTO supported outreach program) and provides access to USPTO expertise, PubWEST, Web-based Examiner Search Tool, and PubEAST, Examiner’s Automated Search Tool, EPO and JPO patent abstracts in English.  These are the same patent resources used by the USPTO patent examiners.

Register online  or contact Ran Raider government and history librarian for the University Libraries, at [email protected].

STAC Studios Reopen with State-of-the-Art Technology and Creation Station

STAC Studios A and B are now available for student, faculty, or staff bookings.  The studios are equipped with new state-of-the-art technology to support a variety of audio and video editing projects such as: digital storytelling, online teaching videos, group interviews, voiceovers, digitizing artwork, graphic art/design projects, green screen recording, and more. The new Creation Station in Studio B is perfect for graphic arts – design, drawing, and digitizing artwork.

Studios A and B are available for four-hour bookings from the Libraries’ spaces webpage.  WSU students, faculty, and staff are able to book the studios.

Studio A 

STAC Studio A

Are you interested in recording a voice-over or creating a green screen video for a project or club event?  Maybe you want to start your own podcast or become the next YouTube or TikTok sensation! Studio A is your resource for audio and video production in the STAC.  

This room contains a 21.5″ Apple iMac with Retina 4K display, Blue Yeti-X Microphone (suspended on a studio arm, with a shock mount and pop screen filter), studio lights, studio monitoring headphones with amplifier, and a Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K webcam. 

Cameras, tripods, and other equipment can be checked out at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. 

Software Applications:  

  • Camtasia 
  • MAC software: iMovie, Garageband, Final Cut Pro 
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Software: Premiere Pro 
  • Audacity 

Past projects completed in Studio A include: 

  • Green Screen Videotaping 
  • Voiceover work 
  • Narrating a PowerPoint project 
  • Digital storytelling 
  • Group interviews 
  • Online teaching videos 
  • Marketing/Advertising videos 

Studio B  

Studio B

The Wacom Cintiq Pro 32 Creative Pen and Touch Display is a drawing tablet, ideal for graphic design. It has an etched glass screen where you can see and draw directly where you want to. Wacom’s biggest touchscreen display (31.5”) with 4K resolution allows you to see every detail of your creation in pinpoint accuracy. Etched glass screen provides a distinct, tactile experience as you draw, while reducing unwanted glare and reflections. True-to-life color with 99% Adobe RGB and 1.07 billion colors (10 bits color) means the tint you choose is the tint you’ll see in your final output. 

Includes a Wacom Pro Pen 2 with tilt recognition and 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity.  Available for Checkout at the Circulation Desk. 

Software Applications in Studio B 

  • Adobe CC Software – Beginner to Pro software including: 
  • Photoshop 
  • Illustrator 
  • Acrobat Pro 
  • InDesign 
  • Adobe Spark 
  • Premier Pro 
  • Camtasia 
  • Sketchbook 

Updated Creation Station in Studio B is great for: 

  • Graphic Art/Design/Drawing/Photography Classes 
  • Digiting artwork 
  • CEHS students’ EdTPA videos which are required for state teacher licensure 
  • Videos for the Library of Congress Veteran’s Voices Project 
  • Camtasia videos as required for EDT Instructional Design and Digital Learning coursework 
  • Creating videos and portfolios as required for Modern Language classes, ASL classes, TESOL certification, and Dance/Voice audition reels 
  • Creating videos in Athletic Training classes, Population and Public Health 6500 classes. 
  • Short, segmented, pre-recorded content for fully asynchronous online courses 
  • Recording and editing interview technique videos, as required for Counseling 7240 students 
  • Recording podcasts 
  • Creating videos or graphics for clubs, events and teams 

Dunbar Library Closed Weekends in June for Electrical Maintenance

electrical wires

Facilities Management is implementing the next phase of electrical infrastructure upgrades. They are proactively replacing equipment that is approaching end of life status. The replacement equipment will assure continued power reliability in the affected areas. Major electrical distribution equipment is scheduled to be replaced in Dunbar Library this June, requiring the Dunbar Library facilities to be closed during the replacement.

Dunbar Library will be closed on the following dates:

  • June 12 – 13
  • June 19 – 20
  • June 26 – 27

Library staff will remain available for assistance.

  • The Ask a Librarian Service will be available Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Library staff can also arrange curbside pickup of some library materials by calling 937-775-2525. Hours for curbside pickup are Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 10 p.m.
  • The library website is available 24/7.

Alternative study and computing spaces will be available on the dates Dunbar Library must close. WSU students, faculty, and staff may visit the areas below. Guest computing accounts will not be available during the closure.

  • 012 Library Annex
  • 016 Library Annex
  • ADA Lab, Library Annex
  • 064 Rike Hall
  • Rike Hall/College of Business Lounge
  • Student Union Cyber Cafe
  • Hamilton Hall
  • 009 Student Success Center

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held virtually on May 5th. At this ceremony, four library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition (StAR) Award. The StAR Award is a peer recognition program designed to honor excellence among library staff through individual awards. The Friends of the Libraries provide financial support for the awards.

2021 StAR Winner: Edward Trentman, Library Associate

Ed Trentman

Edward Trentman is a Library Associate for the Resource Delivery Services Department who has worked at the University Libraries for 20 years. Ed works nights and weekends and is as reliable as they come, greeting our students with a smile and hello from the front desk. Ed assisted Interlibrary Loan with scans from our book, journal, and microfilm collections during the pandemic campus shutdown.  He produced quality scans with a very quick turn-around time assisting our Interlibrary Loan staff with the fulfillment of requests. Ed also helped with the moving of the Educational Resource Center collection and assisted in a variety of shelving projects around the library.  Ed cares about his co-workers, student workers, and this library.  He is a library StAR.

2021 StAR Winner: Lee Davey, Web Developer

Lee Davey Photo

Lee Davey is a Web Developer and his work impacts just about everyone who uses our library.  He maintains the UL website and does a significant amount of work to keep the software and systems we use every day working – systems like our room booking calendars and remote authentication.  Lee is a great team player. He has led the WebTeam through multiple website redesigns, including the work the Team is currently doing with Marketing to move the UL site to Drupal.  Lee holds his standards very high for good website design and usability. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome to him because the website isn’t about him. For Lee, maintaining our website is for our users, and he is always advocating for the best user experience possible, even if it takes more work on his part. 

Library Staff Years of Service Awards

chris Wydman

15 Years

Chris Wydman, University Records Manager

Desiree Loewit

20 Years

Desiree Loewit, Acquisitions Coordinator

Richard perry

20 Years

Richard Perry, Library Operation Specialist 2

25 years

Lisa Bleeke, Manager, Fiscal Services

Congratulations to all library staff recognized for their years of service and special contributions.