Virginia Baldwin, professor and engineering librarian from 2000 to 2011, retires from UNL knowing that she helped faculty and students gain advantages from using the UNL Libraries. The library guides Baldwin developed for each department can be accessed at: http://unl.libguides.com/.
Prior to her UNL years, Baldwin was a professor at Eastern Illinois University, worked on radar data analysis at Vandenberg AFB, and was a programmer for IBM and Pan American World Airways. She also has owned and bred Arabian horses for the past 40 years.
Baldwin earned her M.S. in Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology and M.L.S. in Library & Information Science from Indiana University. Her B.S. is in Mathematics from UNC-Chapel Hill.
She said she enjoyed being the Patent and Trademark Librarian for Nebraska, and participated each year in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s week-long seminar for training in use of the office’s resources. Baldwin noted the UNL Engineering Library has been a part of this program since 1978.
Pursuing varied and vibrant experiences and expertise enhanced Baldwin’s approach to working with engineering students and faculty. Looking back, she said one of the most gratifying aspects of her work has been giving one-on-one assistance to students.
Students would often consult with her if they were unable to find relevant literature on their own, she said, and she shared their excitement in finding useful articles via UNL Libraries resources.
Baldwin said this positive outcome applied to patent searching as well, and she praised students in design classes who sought her perspective on ideas to assess patentability prospects of their project: “They are so bright and picked up the intricacies of patent classification searching quickly.”