Patricia E Klinck

The Vermont State House
The Vermont State House

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Education, Government / Politics

Notable Facts

Life-long librarian who served as Commissioner of Libraries for twenty years and has also been a Regional Librarian, the Director of Extension Services, and the Assistant State Librarian.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

05/13/1940

Primary Residence

South Burlington

Historical Significance

Patricia E. Klinck is a life-long librarian who served as Commissioner of Libraries for twenty years and has also been a Regional Librarian, the Director of Extension Services, and the Assistant State Librarian.

Patricia Klinck was born in Albany, New York and is a graduate of Smith College (A.B. in History) and Simmons College (M.S. in Library Science). Klinck worked at the "library of the future" exhibit at the New York World's Fair in 1965, which helped shape her into a career librarian who has worked in public libraries, school libraries, and college libraries. She joined the Vermont Department of Libraries in 1970 and has been a Regional Librarian, Director of Extension Services and Assistant State Librarian. Governor Richard Snelling appointed Klinck Commissioner of Libraries, a position she remained in until retiring in 1997. She was responsible for state and regional libraries with links to college and town libraries. Under her leadership, Vermont was a recipient of a State and Local Government Innovation Award funded by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the Ford Foundation in 1988 which helped the state to complete a library automation project. While serving as Commissioner, Klinck was a member of the American Library Association, the Vermont Library Association, the American Association of Public Administrators, the New England Library Board and the Board of the Vermont Historical Society. She also belonged to the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission, the Vermont Council on the Humanities Board, the New England Library Association, and the Executive Committee of the Vermont Census Data Center.

Organizations or Movements

  • American Library Association
  • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
  • American Association of Public Adminstrators
  • New England Library Board
  • Vermont Historical Society Board
  • Vermont Census Data Center, Executive Committee
  • Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission
  • Vermont Council on the Humanities Board
  • Vermont Library Association
  • New England Library Association

Occupations

  • Commissioner of Libraries
  • Librarian

Education

  • AB in History, Smith College, (1961)
  • MS in Library Science, Simmons College, (1963).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Cheng, Barbara. Trailblazers: Vermont Women and Leadership Development. Burlington, Vermont: Queen City Printers, 1988.

  • Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual. 1987-1988.

  • Gram, David. Librarian ushered age of technology. Burlington Free Press 30Oct1997: B4.

  • Mease, Stephen. Librarian puts Vermont step ahead. Burlington Free Press 27Jan1997: B1.