We had the chance to celebrate one of our own today at Dewey Manor—Winton was honored at a Library of Congress ceremony for his forty years of federal service. Winton began his federal service in June 1967 at the Library of Congress, and joined the Decimal Classification Division in August 1968 as a decimal classification specialist. In April 1985, he was promoted to assistant editor of the DDC.
Winton has made several significant contributions to the development of the DDC. He collaborated with two consultants (Russell Sweeney and John Clews) on the complete revision of 780 Music that was published in draft form in 1980 and in final form as the entirely new 780 Music schedule in DDC 20 in 1989. Winton coordinates the biweekly mappings of new Library of Congress Subject Headings to DDC numbers, and also coordinates the indexing of new synthesized numbers that result from those mappings. Among his editorial colleagues, Winton is the acknowledged expert in Dewey editorial rules and formatting matters. He has advised numerous DDC translation teams on the development of interoperable expansions, particularly in geography and history. (I think DDC translators would agree with the following observation: “Translation teams around the world know Winton Matthews by name and always breathe a sigh of relief when their work gets his approval.”) Winton serves as the Dewey liaison to two American Library Association committees, Cataloging Needs of Public Libraries and Cataloging of Children’s Materials. He is well respected by his colleagues at LC and OCLC, and is often consulted for his expertise in a myriad of subject areas and Dewey technical issues. Congratulations, Winton!
We also send congratulations to our LC colleague Beacher Wiggins, director of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access (and the LC representative to EPC). Beacher was recognized for his thirty-five years of federal service at the same ceremony.