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September 2001
Volume 33,
Number 9



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Former librarian, State Library board member dies
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New WSL librarian looks to make a trademark at PTDL
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Wilmot “Willi” McFadden dies

  • Wilmot “Willi” C. McFadden, former Wyoming State Library board member and Rock Springs librarian, died Sept. 4, 2001, in Rock Springs. She was 81.

McFadden served as vice president of the Wyoming Library Association in 1957 and as president in 1958. She was the first WLA chair for the first National Library Week. She was legislative chair of the association in 1959 and the Wyoming Membership Chair for the American Association of Library Trustees for several years. She was president of the Mountain Plains Library Association from 1972-1973.

She was assistant librarian at the Rock Springs Public Library in 1947 and head librarian from 1953 until her retirement in 1986. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Community Fine Arts Center and the development of the White Mountain Library.

She also was active in the Sweetwater Democratic Party and a delegate to the National Democratic Convention.

McFadden is survived by her husband, John McFadden of Rock Springs; her daughters, Christina Bice of Laramie, Maureen Pedry of Longmont, Colo., and Susan Duncan of Sheridan; and six grandchildren.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Hospice of Sweetwater County or the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Rock Springs.

New WSL librarian looks to make a trademark at PTDL

  • There’s a new librarian at the Wyoming State Library, and she’s hard at work establishing her trademark.

When WSL acquired Wyoming’s Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL), a new librarian was needed to spearhead the project. Enter Dawn Rohan.

Her last position was at the University of Wyoming where she served as the science reference librarian.

She is originally from Wisconsin and made her way to Wyoming because of the UW job. Rohan has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rohan was interested in the PTDL because she used to work at a law firm, so “I have experience with handling patents.”

“I like the fact that the job combines my science experience with my legal experience,” she said.

Rohan said there are many types of patrons who will want to utilize the PTDL, but it is aimed more toward patrons who believe they have invented a new product or designed a new logo. She added that science researchers, genealogists and businesses in Wyoming will use the PTDL.

Rohan plans to do a lot of traveling in the state to promote the PTDL and the services it can provide.

Although the PTDL is in Cheyenne, research on a patent or trademark can begin anywhere in the state.

“We can provide them with the assistance to use the U.S. Patent Trademark Web site,” she said. “Most of the research tools we have here can only be used at the WSL,” but we can try and help them locate additional assistance.

The service is free to library patrons; however, patent searches should be in advance. Contact Rohan at 307/777-6333.

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