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menting with, building, and providing enhancement grants for a variety of collections. Each year, the funds continued to secure the library's continuing tradition of the highest-quality reference materials, art, coffee-table books, foreign language film DVDs, and special editions that the library would otherwise not own. With the turn of the 21st century, this traditional approach changed radically, as new techno- logical developments exploded onto the scene, transforming the way libraries operate. Under Coduri's creative and visionary leadership, the Centennial Fund's donations were used in ways unforeseen by the founders, as the definition of "collections" expanded to include a wide range of digital innovations, and the whole new world of the Internet. The Wellesley library jumped to the forefront with its Fund-underwritten purchases of emerg- ing databases (such as The Wall Street Journal, Learn-a-Test, Westlaw, and Ancestry), many of which became available to users at home 24/7. By 2009,when the endowment reached $2.5 mil- lion and the annual distribution was $83,000, the library purchased its first eBooks through OverDrive with Centennial Fund money. Two years later the Fund bought the library's pre- loaded circulating Kindles, and underwrote the purchase of the books for the first "Wellesley Reads Together" project. As a sample of ongoing innovation, in 2014 alone the Fund allowed the library to acquire OverDrive Advantage (for more access to eBooks), Hoopla (an online stream- ing service), and Credo Reference (a research database that searches hundreds of resources). "It was exciting to be able to experiment and build collections that would otherwise not be possible," says Coduri, now recently retired. "The Fund allowed us to remain current with tech- nological innovations that were causing libraries to re-examine their role. It also made it possible for us to showcase evolving materials formats, such as the extremely popular Playaways. Who knows what's next in the rapidly changing world? The Centennial Fund will ensure that we will always be able to explore those changes." 100 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 Some past and present Centennial Fund Trustees gathered at the library's recent celebration of the Fund's 30th anniversary. Seated, Founding Trustee Katherine Babson, former Trustee Barbara McMahon, and Trustee Chair Linda Perlmutter. Standing, Founding Trustee John Wilkins and Trustee Rusty Kellogg. B E T H F U R M A N

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