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4th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture

1993 Lecture BookletRobert Wedgeworth

At the Heart of the University: The Making of a Global Library
September 30, 1993

About the Lecture: In the 1993 Mortenson Distinguished Lecture "At the Heart of the University: The Making of a Global Library," Mr. Wedgeworth discussed the evolution of our own great library and considers its future in an environment in which computer and telecommunication links to information technologies play nearly as important a role as a library's on-site collections.

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