Who invents voting machines?

votingmachinepatentWe often hear about some interesting inventions here at the State Library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center, but every now and then we are reminded that something we take for granted like voting machines indeed have to be invented and can be the subject of patents. For more voting related patents, check out the latest issue of the Inventor’s Eye, from the USPTO.




STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings


The National Academy of Sciences has just released a report: Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings. The report discusses the features of productive STEM programs and identifies ways to evaluate and sustain them.

On February 12, members of the report’s authoring committee will be holding a report briefing discussing their recommendations.

The briefing will be webcast Friday February 12, 9am-12:30pm ET (7am-10:30am Arizona time)

To view a copy of the report (PDF free to download, but registration required) or register for the event, click the link below:


This is an outside event; please follow links above for more information.

Congratulations to Maricopa Public Library!


Secretary of State Michele Reagan presented the Maricopa Public Library with a check for $9,425 to use towards virtual reality technology programs.

For some background, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are administered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. To learn more: