Month: May 2015

Congratulations, John Armstrong!

John Armstrong first came to Special Collections and Archives in University Libraries as a Public History graduate student. He stayed on as an intern and eventually became a part-time staff member, his second career after retiring from the United States Air Force.

After 14 years of service to the University Libraries, we’re still not ready to let him go. John plans to spend some time traveling with his wife, but will eventually return to SC&A as a volunteer. If you see John around the library, be sure to congratulate him.

Read more about John’s service on Special Collections and Archives’ Out of the Box blog.

Here are some fun photos from John’s retirement celebration with the library staff:

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Help the common text committee select the 2016-2017 WSU common text

Remember library summer reading programs? Here is your chance to bring back the fun, help the University’s common text committee select the 2016-17 book, and be entered in a drawing to win great prizes, including a $25 Barnes & Noble College Bookstore gift card.

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The common text committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students and follows a charter from the Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction.  Over the past year, committee members read more than a dozen selections recommended by members of the University community, and decided upon three finalists. They are Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario, Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum, and  Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.  You have between now and Sunday, August 30 to read the books and complete a brief survey.  Please read as many of the texts as possible before filling out the survey at

These books are widely available on 7-day reserve at Dunbar Library (ask at the 1st floor desk for “common text reserves”), local book stores, your public library, and through OhioLink (click catalog to search for the title) and SearchOhio.

Thank you for being part of the common text selection process.  If you would like to nominate a title for the common text, please use this online form:

Happy Reading!

Sponsored by: Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, First Year Programs, Common Text Committee, University Libraries

And thanks to the publishers for donating copies of the books to put on reserve at Dunbar Library:  Penguin Random House and Algonquin Books

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Protect Your Business – Free Intellectual Property Workshop

Thursday May 21
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Wright State University
Room 241
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Learn basic information on intellectual property at free University Libraries workshop!

Here are a few examples of local Intellectual Property issues over the years:

  • A local daycare business spends $15,000 on promotional material and signage.   The business receives a cease and desist letter from another company for trademark infringement.  The local daycare business destroys all of the promotional material and signage.
  • New local restaurant creates menu, web site and signage.  The restaurant receives a cease and desist letter.  Restaurant destroys all printed menus, changes web site address and changes signage.   The restaurant continues to receive calls from the attorney for the infringed business for another two months to be sure the person answering phone is not saying the infringed mark.
  • Local IT consultant made to change web site because of trademark infringement.  The company had been using the web address for over 5 years.
  • WSU graduate student uses a commercial product in their research.  After publishing their thesis, the company asks the student to include the federal registration symbol in each instance of the use the commercial product name in the thesis.

Intellectual property litigation has sky rocketed in the past few years.   From patent trolls to copyright and trademark infringement, entrepreneurs need to understand the various ways to protect their business by researching intellectual property.  Protecting your business from infringing or being infringed is paramount to avoid costly litigation.

How can you protect your logo, creations, invention and ideas in the marketplace?  The Wright State University Libraries is again helping beginning inventors, small businesses, creators, and entrepreneurs learn the basics of protecting their ideas through various intellectual property (IP) options. This free on campus informational workshop will be held Thursday evening, May 21st , from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Room 241 of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library.

The presentation will cover copyrights, patents, trade secrets and trademarks.  You will learn what resources and researching tools are available on the internet, IP web sites, and the general requirements for applying for patent, copyright, or trademark protection.

Wright State University Libraries is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center receiving support from the  United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Seating for the free workshop is limited. Register online at or contact Ran Raider, government and legal information coordinator for the University Libraries, at or by calling (937) 775-3521.

Exploring trademarks – it’s all in a name

The University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center is proud to present

Exploring Trademarks Workshop
Thursday, May 14
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Room 241
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library


How do you determine if your product or service name already exists in the marketplace? How do you seek protection for your trade or service mark?   Your trademark is important in establishing “Good Will” in the marketplace.  It is your company’s personality.  It is also important not to waste money on packaging your product when there might be a possibility of infringement with another company’s mark.  This workshop will cover basic information regarding trade and service marks, state vs. federal registration, common law marks, and  how to research and file.

The Wright State University Libraries is offering a free trademark workshop for persons interested in knowing more about the world of trademarks. The workshop is Thursday evening , May 14 , from 6:00pm to 8:30pm  in Room 241 in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library on WSU’s main campus.

Designed for those with little to no knowledge about intellectual property marks, the workshop will review trademark basics, including the difference between federal, state and common law marks. The mechanics of searching will be demonstrated using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site and the USPTO trademark database TESS.   A hand’s on portion will allow participants to practice some of the skills needed to determine if they can seek registration of their mark.  Online filing will also be demonstrated using the USPTO’s TEASPlus ($225 per good or service) electronic filing system.  You also have new option for using your own description of goods and services, TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF $275 per good or service)

Included in the workshop will be a discussion of the recent adoption of the Hague Treaty for Industrial Designs (trade dress) registration through the Hague Convention.  The US is now part of the Hague system for Industrial Designs.  Applicants can register up to 100 industrial designs in one application filed with the USPTO or directly with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Seating for the workshop is limited. For more information or to register, contact Ran Raider, government and legal information coordinator for the University Libraries, at or by calling (937) 775-3521.