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NO. R-134. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING PATRICIA E. "PATTY" KLINCK ON COMPLETING TWO EXTRAORDINARY DECADES AS THE VERMONT STATE LIBRARIAN.

(J.R.H. 88)

Offered by: Representative Dunne of Hartland.

Whereas, having decided to enter that noble profession, public librarianship, where she could unlock, for tiny tots, the joyful gateways to the printed word and guide the public through the complex and mystifying bibliographic cornucopia of anthologies and lexicons, Patty Klinck earned her library science degree at Simmons College in Boston, and

Whereas, after having garnered a wealth of library experiences working at both the Boston Public Library, and the United States Pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, Patty opted for the more bucolic lifestyle of the Green Mountain State, and

Whereas, while employed at the Vermont Department of Libraries, she impressed her colleagues, and the general public, with her competence, cheerfulness and willingness to tackle new challenges, and as a rising star in her profession, and

Whereas, in 1977, Patty was selected by Governor Richard Snelling to serve as Vermont's State Librarian, and

Whereas, during the subsequent two decades, she was reappointed by governors of different political parties, survived the annual season of legislative budgetary and policy interrogations, and most significantly, spearheaded a nationally recognized technological transformation in the delivery and administration of library services in Vermont that has brought vast amounts of informational resources to the most rural corners of our state, and

Whereas, throughout her career, Patty proudly, and at times courageously, defended public librarians and libraries whenever they came under attack in their quest to provide a broad range of reading materials, and

Whereas, her leadership capabilities were widely acknowledged by her peers who elected her as chair of both the New England Library Association and the Association of Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and

Whereas, on October 5, 1997, the New England Library Association presented Patty with the Emerson Greenway Award which is its very special recognition of an individualwho has had a distinguished career and made a significant contribution to librarianship, and

Whereas, on October 31, 1997, she concluded her tenure as State Librarian and is now looking forward to many new pursuits, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Patricia E. Klinck on a job well done and extends to her best wishes for a literary "bon appetit" in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Patricia E. Klinck.