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Innovation for the Engaged Librarian

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Engineering Librarian Collaborations in the Library, On Campus, and Beyond

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Engineering Libraries

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Marian G. Armour-Gemmen West Virginia University

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Marian Armour-Gemmen has been the Patent & Trademark librarian at West Virginia University Libraries since 2003. In this capacity she assists inventors throughout the state of West Virginia. She is also an Engineering bibliographer. Previously she worked as the head of the Physical Sciences Library and as an associate in the Government Documents department. She is a past president of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association. She received U.S. Patent 4,993,680 on February 19, 1991. She holds a M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Calvin College.

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As librarians, we constantly innovate to meet the needs of our users and to utilize new technology. Discovery is an important part of this process. When we discover our patrons’ pain points, we can more easily adapt to their needs. As the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program is implemented in more and more universities, engineering and patent librarians facilitate faculty and scientists in using the Business Model Canvas. Librarians can help faculty and scientists with familiarizing themselves with library resources to fill key parts of the Canvas. Additionally, this canvas is often implemented in innovation centers across campuses, and becoming familiar with this canvas can assist students as well. Understanding the innovation ecosystem at one’s university is fundamentally important, since intellectual property plays an important role in innovation. This Business Model Canvas, as well as understanding the innovation ecosystem, can provide librarians with useful tools to engage with innovators and entrepreneurs.

Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2020, June), Innovation for the Engaged Librarian Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34831

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