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Blane Dessy
Executive Director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) and the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK)
Library of Congress


What is your favorite drink?
Any diet cola, white wines, and sometimes Maker's Mark.

What are you known for mixing up behind the bar?
I'm pretty good at pouring wine and beer.

If you could have a drink with any 3 people, who would it be and where?
Hard question…Buddha (probably doesn't drink), Stanley Bing, and Zach Galifianakis

The holidays are creeping up on us.  What are you are you most looking forward to?
Some time off…

What are you most dreading?
Feeling like I should be working when I'm taking time off…

And a little bit more about them that is official
From the Library of Congress Website

Blane K. Dessy has been named executive director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) and the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress, effective June 20, 2010.

Since 2000, Dessy has served as director of the U.S. Department of Justice Library Staff. In directing the law libraries that serve the department’s senior management offices and litigating divisions, Dessy instituted a number of innovative service improvements, including a robust virtual library, a new integrated library system, a digitization program, and special programming to reach underserved constituents.

He created the Justice Librarians Council for all librarians in the Department of Justice and the Federal Law Librarians Caucus within the American Association of Law Libraries. Dessy also has served in several acting capacities at the Department of Justice, including as director of Human Resources, director of Equal Employment Opportunity, director of Facilities and Administrative Services, and deputy assistant attorney general for Human Resources and Administration.

From 1994 to 2000, Dessy served as the first director of the newly established National Library of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. There he created a national network of education libraries, directed the ERIC Program, and created ED PUBS, a performance-based contract to manage the distribution of all Department of Education publications. Prior to becoming library director, Dessy was a policy analyst for Federal Library Programs and senior program manager for the Office of Research.

In 1986, Dessy was appointed state librarian of Alabama and led the Alabama Public Library Service in its provision of statewide research services, including directing the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. At the State Library of Ohio, he served as assistant director for Library Services and as a library consultant with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in library science at the University of Pittsburgh, Dessy held posts as the director of the libraries in two Pennsylvania counties, Juniata County and Mifflin County.

Dessy is an adjunct instructor in Library Management and at the Federal Libraries Institute at The Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science.
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