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Welcome to the new PPL website

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Exhibits & Displays | Library Collections | Online Services | Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Science & Technology

Welcome to the new PPL website. We like to think of it as a Virtual Branch!

It used to be that websites were just layers of pages under a header of some sort that over time became more and more dense. For an information organization like the library, the more pages meant the better the site.  What has become much clearer for PPL over the last 18 months is that the website is our virtual branch — complete with its own unique opportunities and challenges, like a physical library location. It is also a unique opportunity to create a way to recognize our users as being many kinds of people  and needing to be served in many different ways.

We hope that this new online library environment and experience is exciting and productive for you and just maybe you’ll find what you seek and be exposed to the unexpected!

Please tell us how we can make it better by dropping us a note at web@portland.lib.me.us.

We thank our friends at Vont Web Marketing, our partner in conceiving and creating this site, and the Sam L. Cohen Foundation without whose support we could not have completed this effort.

Enjoy your explorations!


MONTGOMERY’S VIEW (and more)

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Recommended Reads | Kids & Families

The Children’s Services Area of the Portland Public Library will more actively keep you informed about programs, special events, books and more through the blog.

This will include the start of MONTGOMERY’S VIEW.  Beginning this week we will begin to post reviews of children’s books – at least once a week.  These posts will be featured under the title MONTGOMERY’S VIEW – in honor of our resident moose.  We will review new titles on our shelves, books on order and soon to arrive – as well as old favorites that we want you to know about.

Tomorrow the first MONTGOMERY’S VIEW will appear!


Patents on Your Mind?

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

On March 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  is changing the patent system;  switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file standard. The change intends to simplify the process and to bring the U.S.  in line with global standards.

According to Mainebiz, “has some Maine companies and inventors scrambling to file under the current system, which patent law authorities in the state say is a more forgiving process.” To learn more about the upcoming changes and how Mainer’s are reacting, read this article from Mainebiz. 

In other breaking patent news, if you are interested in how long a patent lasts, the USPTO  has recently introduced a downloadable patent term calculator (beta version) as a resource to help the public estimate the expiration date of a patent.

Interested in more on patents? Check out some of these great books available at PPL:

man who invented

The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer by Jane Smiley

the knockoff economy

The knockoff economy : how imitation sparks innovation by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

complete guide

Your complete guide to making millions with your simple idea or invention : insider secrets you need to know by Janessa Castle

the inventors bible

The inventor’s bible : how to market and license your brilliant ideas by Ronald Louis Docie, Sr.

telephone

The telephone gambit : chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s secret / Seth Shulman

 

the art

The art of invention : the creative process of discovery and design b

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