Beacher J.E. Wiggins

Director for acquisitions and bibliographic access at the Library of Congress


Among the achievements noted by the Dewey jury and the many colleagues who wrote in support of his award nomination are Wiggins’s oversight in leading the historic merger of the acquisitions and cataloging functions at the Library of Congress; leadership in building a flexible and robust framework for sharing bibliographic and other metadata related to cultural heritage objects; co-chairing the U.S. National Libraries RDA Test Coordinating Committee; co-leading the New Bibliographic Framework Initiative that will replace MARC; Convening the Library of Congress Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium and his mentoring of colleagues and the willing sharing of his knowledge.

Awards Won

Title Year
Image of the ALA Medal of Excellence ALA Medal of Excellence
An annual award consisting of a bronzed medal and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement for recent creative leadership of high order, particularly in the fields of library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.
2013 - Winner(s)