HARTFORD– Connecticut State Librarian Kendall Wiggin was honored for his leadership with a Special Achievement award at the 127th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Library Association. In making the award, it was noted that the State Library and the library community have thrived under his leadership for 19 years through prosperous and challenging times and because of his pioneering and innovative programs, the Connecticut State Library is a nationally recognized organization for librarianship. Wiggin’s appreciation of libraries and librarians is reflected in his unfettered enthusiasm. The Special Achievement Award honors individuals who provide excellent leadership within the library community.
A graduate of the Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Wiggin has served as Connecticut State Librarian since October 1998. Prior to arriving in Connecticut, Mr. Wiggin worked in academic and public libraries in New Hampshire where he also served as State Librarian for eight years. Over the past 19 years, 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.
Over the past few years, Wiggin has lead the State Library through severe budget cuts and personnel reductions while still maintaining the mission of the State Library to preserve and make accessible Connecticut’s history and heritage and to advance the development of library services statewide.
“It has been my good fortune to work with librarians, library workers, trustees, elected and appointed officials who believe in the importance and power of reading and unfettered access to information”, said Wiggin. He went on to say that it has been his privilege to work with a creative and dedicated staff at the State Library.
Wiggin has served on a variety of state and national boards and commissions. Currently he serves on the Governor’s Executive Information Technology Strategy and Investment Committee; the Commission on Educational Technology; the Connecticut History Online Management Committee; the Selection Committee for the Sarah Josepha Hale Award. He is active with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) where he most recently served as president. Mr. Wiggin is a member of the American Library Association, the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Acorn Club.