Systems Librarian/Archivist at Historic New England
David Dwiggins is the systems librarian/archivist at Historic New England, a regional heritage organization based in Boston. Dwiggins manages database systems for the organization's Collections Services team and helped launch the organization's first online collections portal for library, archival, and museum materials in 2010. He also oversees digitization activities, working with outside vendors and building digital studio capabilities, and oversaw the rollout of the ResourceSpace open source digital asset management system at the organization. Before moving to Boston, Dwiggins spent eight years at the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, where he oversaw newsroom technology, helped develop online initiatives (including the paper's first daily news website in 1998), and managed the paper's library and archives. His work with the newspaper's photographic collections led him to participate in the Modern Archives Institute training program at the U.S. National Archives and eventually to pursue further training in the LIS field at Simmons College. While at Simmons, he held the position of Dean's Fellow for Technology Support within SLIS. Dwiggins holds a bachelor's in English and magazine journalism from Syracuse University, a master's in technology management from the University of Maryland University College, and master's degrees in library and information science and history from Simmons College. His thesis research focused on small business and neighborhood change in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood during the mid-20th century. He lives in Stoughton with his wife, three cats, a dog, and a snake.