"Patenting" A new engineering librarian at an American University in the UAE

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As an engineering librarian, my first instruction session consisted of teaching students about patents and how to search the patent literature. I learned a great deal about patents and what can and cannot be patented. Of course, a person cannot be patented, let alone a profession. The question still remains as to what if it was a possibility and what would that patent look like? As a librarian who liaised with the science community exclusively for a year before taking on engineering, I have learned from point zero. I have no background in engineering and my previous library career path did not include any engineering liaison assignments. In the same matter that some patents begins with an idea and that idea then becomes a product, I started with the idea of an "engineering librarian" and made that idea a reality. Through interacting with the faculty, attending lectures, attending training sessions, and communicating with my counterparts in the US, both in-person and online, I have learned and continue to learn about engineering librarianship, particularly at my institution. Like a patent, this paper will take one through all the claims and diagrams that consist of my path in learning the skills required to become an engineering librarian at an American University in the UAE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jun 26 2016
Event123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 29 2016


Other123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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