Gary D. Wiggins
BA, Indiana University, 1966.
MA, Indiana University, 1968.
MLS, Indiana University, 1971.
PhD, Indiana University, 1985.
E-mail: wiggins at indiana.edu
739 E. Winslow Farm Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401 USA
Research and Creative Activities
During the latter part of my career as a chemistry librarian, I had a strong interest in the use of the Internet and the World-Wide
by chemists and other scientists both as a complement
to the formal system
of publication and as a potential replacement for that system. As a
consequence, I was interested in methods of coding chemical structures and
data for presentation on the Web, XML and Chemical Mark-up Language
and the associated efforts to apply metadata to chemical objects. I was a
participant in the NIH-funded Chemical
Informatics and Cyberinfrastructure Collaboratory project at IU, and in
Reciprocal Net, an NSF-funded project of the IU Molecular Structure Center
that is part of the US National
Science Digital Library
program. Another area of interest was the scholarship
of teaching and learning about scientific information sources, particularly
in chemistry. In that regard, we maintained for many years at
Indiana University a portal to
chemistry Web sites, CHEMINFO, and a guide to Web sites of interest to
chemists, SIRCh: Selected Internet
Resources in Chemistry. In 2006/2007, I converted the SIRCh pages to Wiki format, initially on a
server at Indiana University
and in 2010 at Wikibooks, the free
book service offered at Wikipedia.
Teaching and Administration
From 1976-2004, I taught a one-semester-hour course entitled
"Chemical Information Sources and Services".
In 2010 the lecture notes
for the course were published in a Wikibook format.
For many years, I also taught the Literature of Science and Technology course in IU's School of
Library and Information Science.
In the fall of 2001, we began to teach both undergraduate and
graduate programs in chemical
Indiana University. On July 1, 2003, I assumed the position of
Director of the Chemical Informatics and Bioinformatics Programs in the School of Informatics where I helped develop
a Graduate Certificate in
Chemical Informatics Program,
the MS in Chemical Informatics (no longer offered),
and the Chemical Informatics track of the PhD in Informatics. On October 1,
2007, I retired
from Indiana University.
As liaison to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS, now a department of the combined School of Informatics and Computing), I
graduates of the joint SLIS/Department of Chemistry
Information Specialist Program over the years.
In the past, I have had the privilege
of chairing both the Special Libraries
Division and the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical
Honors and Awards
In 1998, the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information
bestowed on me its highest honor, the Herman Skolnik
Award, and in
2003, the CINF Meritorious Service Award.
In 2007, I was selected to received the
Patterson-Crane Award of the American Chemical Society's
Columbus and Dayton Sections. That same year, the Special Libraries Association elected me to its
Hall of Fame. The SLA Chemistry
Division later created
Wiggins-Roth Award for Outstanding Service, named for me and
chemistry librarian, Dana Roth. At Indiana University, I was selected as the honoree for the William Evans Jenkins Award for Outstanding Librarianship
in 1993. Service
on the Bloomington Faculty Council led to the IU Bloomington Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and the systemwide (all eight IU campuses) W. George Pinnell Award for
Outstanding Service in 2000. The Indiana
University School of Library and Information Science recognized me as a distinguished alumnus in 2001.
On a personal level, I am a musician of sorts (I play
trombone and occasionally bang on a banjo). In 1978, I re-founded the Bloomington Community
Band, an organization that had
gone dormant for several years, but is thriving today with over 60 members
and a vibrant concert schedule. I also play in the Bloomington Bones, the Swing Time Big Band, the Hoosier Hills Dixieland Band, and until recently, the Hungry
Five German Band. In retirement, I have kept
my fingers in some computer work
as the listowner of several discussion lists and webmaster for some of the organizations with which I am affiliated. I volunteer in the Monroe County Historical
Society Research Library, where I have created several indexes to documents in their collection. I have also served on the MCHS
Boards of Directors, and am currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Bloomington Community
Band and the Indiana Chapter of Compassion &
Choices. Netflix has found a vital place in our home
retirement, and I have discovered a
real addiction to jigsaw puzzles and Scrabble. For over 40 years, I
have been an avid collector of pewter. This led me to start an Internet business,
Hoosier Pewter, to try to unload most of
my collection so my two sons don't have to deal with over 850 pieces of pewter once I kick the bucket.
Updated: 12 November 2015