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Thursday, May 13, 2010 Session One Program

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Catherine Redden Lecture
The Library: Is there an App for that?

Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian, Connecticut State Library

The way people access information and pursue leisure pursuits, including reading, listening to books and music, and watching movies, is rapidly changing. In a world where there is an "app" for almost everything – some ask, wherefore the library? Mr. Wiggin will provide his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing today's library.

Biographical Sketch:

A graduate of the Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Kendall Wiggin has served as Connecticut State Librarian for the past 11 years. Prior to ariving in Connecticut in 1998, Mr. Wiggin had worked in academic and public libraries in New Hampshire where he also served as State Librarian for eight years. As the Chief Administrative Officer of the State Library, he directs the development and administration of library programs and services including: Administrative Services, Information Services, statewide Library Development, Public Records, State Archives, and the Musuem of Connecticut History. Mr. Wiggin's career includes working in small and large public libraries and State Librarian for New Hampshire where he grew up.

Since coming to Connecticut, Mr. Wiggin has worked closely with the Association of Connecticut Library Boards, the Connecticut Library Association, Friends of Connecticut Libraries, and others to advance library service to citizens of Connecticut. Mr. Wiggin serves on a variety of boards of commissions where he continues to work on behalf of libraries of all types. Mr. Wiggin is a delegate to the OCLC Global Council and currently chairs the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology. He also serves on the Webjunction Advisory Board, the Connecticut History Online Management Committee, and the Selection Committee for the Hale Award. He recently completed a term on the Federal Depository Library Council. Mr. Wiggin also serves as an ALA Councilor representing the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies and is a past chair and current member of ALA's Committee on Legislation. Mr. Wiggin was recently named to the ALA Task Force To Examine the Impact of the Proposed Google Book Search Settlement on Libraries and the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study Sustainability Task Force. Mr Wiggin is also active with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) serving as Chair of their Legislation Committee, and serves as the Liaison to the Digital Future Coalition and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.