David Dwiggins is a technology professional with more than 25 years of experience in the fields of print and multimedia publishing, digital imaging, database management, systems implementation and web development, and cultural heritage informatics. He is currently Chief Information Officer at Historic New England, a regional heritage organization based in Boston, where he directs all aspects of the organization's technology program. Prior to his current role, he served the organization as Systems Librarian/Archivist, managing database systems for the Collections Services team. In 2010 he helped launch the organization's first online collections portal for library, archival, and museum materials. He also oversaw digitization activities, working with outside vendors and building digital studio capabilities, and managed the rollout of the ResourceSpace open source digital asset management system. More recently, he oversaw the buildout and launch of technology for the organization's Eustis Estate Museum, including the development of touchscreen kiosk applications used throughout the site. He also chaired the organization's Tessitura Task force and oversaw conversion from multiple fragmented systems to a new, unified CRM solution.
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.
Dwiggins has also taught classes for the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, and has consulted for a variety of organizations, including the National Park Service and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA). He lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts with his wife, their precocious fourth grader, and 6-year-old twins with strong opinions on just about everything.