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November 4, 2009
Michael Handy Appointed Deputy Associate Librarian for Library Services
Michael Handy, special assistant to the associate librarian for Library Services, has been appointed deputy associate librarian for Library Services. He will be responsible for new initiatives in Library Services, ensuring that projects and programs are carried out effectively and integrated into the existing organizational structure.
"Mike Handy has a great many accomplishments to his credit during his career at the Library of Congress," said Associate Librarian for Library Services Deanna Marcum. "In the past year alone, he has created important new services and analyzed existing ones to ensure that Library Services is doing the best possible work on behalf of Congress and the American people. It is a great pleasure to welcome him to the Library Services management team."
Handy holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland. He also holds a master's degree in American literature from George Washington University.
Handy joined the Library of Congress in 1978 as an editor of the last quinquennial edition of the National Union Catalog (1973-1977) in Processing Services. In 1981, he joined the staff of the Automated Systems Office, the forerunner of the Information Technology Services office (ITS). He held a number of positions in ITS, including chief of the User Support Group, special projects manager, and acting director. He participated in every major data and voice communications project for more than 15 years, including the introduction of a local voice telephone system in the Library. He created the Multimedia Group to provide the Library with a professional-level video-production service. He led many major IT projects including the design and construction of the Library's Alternate Computing Facility and the data center for the Packard Campus of the National Audio Visual Conservation Center.
In 2006, Handy joined the staff of Library Services as chief of the Automation Planning and Liaison Office (APLO). In 2009, as special assistant to the associate Librarian for Library Services, he planned and administered scanning operations for the Sloan Foundation-funded book digitization program, chaired an internal study of the Overseas Operations Division, worked with an engineering consulting team from Amazon.com to develop alternatives for a more effective collections management model, organized a Library Services team to consider collection storage options and served as the associate librarian’s representative leading the web content project that is part of the Librarian's Management Agenda.
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