Tim Wherry

College Librarian

222 Robert E. Eiche Library
Penn State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601-3760

(814) 949-5250
Fax:(814) 949-5520


He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.



My research interests relate to intellectual property: copyright, patents, and and trademarks. The focus of the research is the impact of the Internet on these areas. I have written three books on the topic of intellectual property in the digital age. In addition, I have published a number of articles on these topics and speak on the subject across the United States.

Wherry, Timothy Lee. Patent Searching for Librarians and Inventors. Chicago: ALA, 1995.

Wherry, Timothy Lee. The Librarian's Guide to Intellectual Property in the Digital Age. Chicago: ALA, 2002.

Wherry, Timothy Lee. Trademarks in the Digital Age. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2004.

To be published:
Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know


Woodworking - especially reproductions of Shaker and Mission furniture Yes, I still have all my fingers.

"Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head."

- Andy Rooney