State Librarian Kendall Wiggin

Kendall F. Wiggin was appointed State Librarian in October 1998 becoming the 10th State Librarian in the 150 year history of the Connecticut State Library.

The State Librarian is appointed by the State Library Board and serves as the chief administrative officer of the Board. The State Librarian is the administrative office of the State Library and administers, coordinates, and supervises the Library. (C.G.S. Sec. 11-1).

Kendall Wiggin
State Librarian

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Connecticut State Library Receives Grant for Newspaper Digitization
NewspaperThe Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has received an award of $274,034 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant to digitize historically significant Connecticut newspapers. The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress' newspaper site: Chronicling America.
 
Following the NDNP guidelines, the $274,034 grant will allow Connecticut to add 100,000 pages, digitized from microfilm of newspapers published in the state between 1836 and 1922. An advisory committee consisting of an historian, journalist, educator, librarian, and archivist will select the newspapers to be scanned.
 
"This is a great honor for Connecticut - a state where newspapers have always been important," said State Librarian Kendall Wiggin. Wiggin noted that while Connecticut boasts the nation's oldest continuously published newspaper, the Courant, by 1875, there were 78 newspapers being published in the state, including 17 dailies and 51 weeklies.
 
This project builds upon the earlier Connecticut Newspaper Project (1991-2002) which inventoried the state's newspaper repositories, cataloged the newspapers and preserved over 1,000,000 pages of 437 newspapers on microfilm. The State Library has already worked with digitizing newspapers through its Newspapers of Connecticut project. This has short runs of 86 titles from 1821-1929, for a total of 3,243 issues from 31 towns.
 
John N. Barry, Chair of the State Library Board noted that "This grant will allow the State Library to continue its work in providing easier access to the significant issues and events of our history. Connecticut's newspapers are irreplaceable sources of obtaining knowledge, and this digitization grant will continue the modernization of preserving Connecticut's rich history."
08/05/2013 - 13:03

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  • The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has received an award of $274,034 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant to digitize historically significant Connecticut newspapers. The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress' newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.
    Following the NDNP guidelines, the $274,034 grant will allow Connecticut to add 100,000 pages, digitized from microfilm of newspapers published in the state between 1836 and 1922. An advisory committee consisting of an historian, journalist, educator, librarian, and archivist will select the newspapers to be scanned.
    "This is a great honor for Connecticut - a state where newspapers have always been important," said State Librarian Kendall Wiggin. Wiggin noted that while Connecticut boasts the nation's oldest continuously published newspaper, the Courant, by 1875, there were 78 newspapers being published in the state, including 17 dailies and 51 weeklies.
    This project builds upon the earlier Connecticut Newspaper Project (1991-2002) which inventoried the state's newspaper repositories, cataloged the newspapers and preserved over 1,000,000 pages of 437 newspapers on microfilm. The State Library has already worked with digitizing newspapers through its Newspapers of Connecticut project http://is.gd/Oy4T68. This has short runs of 86 titles from 1821-1929, for a total of 3,243 issues from 31 towns.
    John N. Barry, Chair of the State Library Board noted that "This grant will allow the State Library to continue its work in providing easier access to the significant issues and events of our history. Connecticut's newspapers are irreplaceable sources of obtaining knowledge, and this digitization grant will continue the modernization of preserving Connecticut's rich history."
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    The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for citizens of Connecticut, as well as for the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. Our mission is to preserve and make accessible Connecticut's history and heritage to advance the development of library services statewide.
    The National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov. National Digital Newspaper Program http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-pro... Grants support the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all states and U.S. territories.
    08/20/2013 - 12:11   Jane Cullinane
  • This document, issued January 5, 2012 by State Librarian Kendall Wiggin, recommends seven steps that need to be taken to ensure the authentication and preservation of electronic government information at the state and local level. Some of these action steps are being taken under his existing authority. However, to comprehensively ensure long term access to authentic government information he has proposed some changes and additions to the General Statutes.

    Public Act 11-150, Section 28, requires that the State Librarian establish standards and guidelines for the preservation and authentication of electronic documents by January 1, 2012. Given the complexity of the issue of authentication and preservation and the relatively short time frame, the State Librarian convened a task force within the State Library to explore the issues and make recommendations. These recommendations were then sent to and input was received from the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services; the Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology; the Executive Director of the Office of Legislative Management; and the Chief Court Administrator of the Judicial Branch, as called for in the legislation. Their valuable input was incorporated into the final report.

    In noting the state's various e-government initiatives and accelerating move away from paper copies of reports and publications, State Library Kendall Wiggin stated that "addressing the authentication and preservation of electronic government information is vital if we are to ensure that future generations will have the same long term access to electronic state and local government information that they enjoy today with the paper record of our state's history."

    04/10/2012 - 00:35

Biographical

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Kendall
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Wiggin
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Kendall Wiggin

A graduate of the Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Mr. Wiggin has served as Connecticut State Librarian since October 1998. Prior to arriving in Connecticut, Mr. Wiggin had worked in academic and public libraries in New Hampshire where he also served as State Librarian for eight years. Over the past 15 years Mr. Wiggin has worked closely with the Association of Connecticut Library Boards, Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut Library Consortium, the Friends of Connecticut Libraries, and others to advance library service to the citizens of Connecticut.

Mr. Wiggin has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Federal Depository Library Council and the OCLC Members Council. Currently he serves on the Regulations Modernization Taskforce; the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission; the Commission on Educational Technology, the Connecticut History Online Management Committee; and the Selection Committee for the Hale Award. He is active with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) where he was recently elected vice president/president elect. Mr. Wiggin has served the American Library Association in many capacities including as an ALA Councilor representing the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies and is a past chair of ALA’s Committee on Legislation.

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