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~Wellesley College Librarian Helps Promote Democracy with New Voter Web Site~

For immediate release:
September 10, 2004

CONTACT:
Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321


WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Answering the questions of where to vote, how to vote and why to vote, Wellesley College librarian Betty Febo has created a Web page that points the way to a more democratic society.

By visiting www.wellesley.edu/Library/Research/2004election.html, voters can find a list of Web resources on the election process, the candidates and much more.

As part of her job, Febo aims to connect the Wellesley community with the resources necessary for them to be informed citizens, students and researchers.

“ As government documents coordinator, I recognize the importance of each person taking the time to vote,” Febo said. “It is a cornerstone of our democracy. There is a big push this year by all parties to register young people and to encourage them to vote and be involved.”

Since the Wellesley College library is also a federal depository library, Febo also has a responsibility to make government information available to the community outside Wellesley.

“Librarians all across the country have created pages similar to this,” she said. “(Wellesley College) already has a campaigns and elections Web page at www.wellesley.edu/Library/Research/campelect.html, and this special 2004 election page seemed a natural outgrowth of that. Specific information on where and how to vote can be hard to find, and with our busy lives, we need information at our fingertips.”

The Web page is launched just in time for the Sept. 12-18 National Voter Registration Week, as announced by the League of Women Voters, the National Urban League and five other non-profit, civic-minded organizations.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.

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