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Visit of His Excellency Guiliano Amato, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic to the G8 Research Group, University of Toronto, Governing Council Chambers, Tuesday, March 27, 2001, 10h15.

Welcoming Remarks by Linda Corman, Chief Librarian, John W. Graham Library, Trinity College.

Your Excellency,

On behalf of Trinity College, it is my privilege also to welcome you to the University of Toronto and to thank you for your interest in our work. The John W. Graham Library at Trinity College is proud to be part of the University of Toronto's G7/G8 Research Group. In our new leading edge library facility, developed in historic buildings now housing the Munk Centre for International Studies, we are well-positioned to meet our commitment to receive, organize, preserve, and make accessible to the academic and wider communities documents emanating from the G7/G8 Summit meetings.

As the repository for a comprehensive collection of G7/G8 documentation in original format-mainly print, but also other audio-visual media, and in the absence of a secretariat with archival responsibilities, this collection functions as the "collective memory" of the G7/G8 and the foundation on which the University of Toronto website is built.

The scope of the collection ranges from major and minor summit documents, from communiqu?s and declarations to hospitality information; it includes individual country background documents and press releases, bilateral documents, materials from non-G7/G8 groups, The Other Economic Summit (TOES), the G20, et al, transcripts of wire services, country and issue files, etc.

In addition, the collection holds analytical studies and reports generated by the G8 Research Group and others. The Library is committed to the development of a comprehensive contextual collection of books and articles about the G7/G8 to aid scholars in their use of the primary sources.

This collection is obviously possible only through the sustained efforts of the G8 Research Group members who, on site at the Summits, have systematically collected this material, something that has been done actively at every Summit since the 1988 Toronto meeting.

Finally, to put in a word on behalf of print in a digital age: one of the true pleasures of working with the physical G7/G8 collection is the opportunity it affords for appreciating style--in graphic design and publication qualities, especially in the documentation produced by the host countries. Given the clear hegemony of your country, Sir, in matters of design and style, I can say to you most sincerely that we look forward with great enthusiasm to receiving the boxes of G8 documents from Genoa 2001.


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