Sara Butts

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Sara Butts is an Information Services Research Assistant at Wichita State University. She earned a BA in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English at WSU in 2013 and an MLS from Emporia State University with an emphasis in Librarianship for Children and Young Adults in 2016. Since 2015, she has worked with the government documents collection and has helped patrons with patents and trademarks information. WSU Libraries are designated as both a selective Federal Depository Library (FDL) for government documents and the only Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Kansas.

Her research interests include: connecting entrepreneurs and inventors with patent and trademark resources, improving visibility of the FDL and PTRC programs, and the process of selecting and weeding government documents in a selective depository. She presents workshops on intellectual property, digital literacy and presentation tools, and finding government information online, among other topics.

In addition to her work at the University, Sara is also the President Elect and Newsletter Editor for the Wichita Area Library Association (WALA).

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    Entrepreneurship outreach through research workshops
    (American Library Association, 2017-06-24) Butts, Sara; Kuhlmann, Meghann
    In fall 2016, Wichita State University Libraries introduced an Entrepreneurship Research Series with workshops designed to support both the burgeoning startup culture on our campus and also entrepreneurs in the greater community. With topics ranging from intellectual property protection to market research techniques, this outreach benefits not only the community but also the library by increasing our visibility and promoting a wider usage of our business resources. We reached out to several small business support organizations who helped us advertise the series among local entrepreneurs. Our marketing efforts led to success in drawing a mix of students and community members to each session. Through this experience, and the assessment data we gathered, we are learning about the information needs of local business owners, inventors, and entrepreneurial students which is helping us improve our services to these groups. In Spring 2017 we expanded the series with guest speakers, an additional day and time slot, and more targeted marketing efforts. This poster will be of particular interest to medium sized libraries looking to increase entrepreneurial outreach with limited staff and budget resources. The presentation will feature strategies for promoting entrepreneurship programming both on campus and in the community and aligning entrepreneurship outreach with library and university missions and strategic plans.