The purpose of this study was to collect preliminary information and feedback
from academic engineering librarians on the uses and usefulness of patent literature
and databases in their day-to-day work with students, faculty and researchers.
A SurveyMonkey survey consisting of eight questions was posted from
April 28 through May 16. An e-mail inviting academic engineering librarians to complete
the survey was posted on ELDNET-L, an open e-mail list maintained by the Engineering
Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. The list has
approximately 500 subscribers. Forty people completed the survey.