Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

FoL Newsletter October 2007

The Early Bookworms Get The Good Deals!

The Library’s Annual Book Sale will take place October 30 through November 3.  It’s going to be bigger than a Haynes Sale.  But bring money.  Everything must go – fiction, non-fiction, hardcover, soft, sports, science, psychology.  The proceeds fund awards to outstanding student workers at the library.

Donated books may be dropped off at the Circulation Services Desk and should be boxed or bagged and marked “Book Sale Donations.”

It all takes place in Room 151 on the first floor of the Perry Library.  The sale kicks off Monday October 30, with a Friends of the Library “Preview Night” for members only, from 5-8 p.m.  The sale is open to the public October 31-November 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and November 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  As they say at the front desk, check it out.  

The ODU Library Has Helped Solve a Mystery

In “Death of a Mermaid, A Callie McKinley Outer Banks Mystery” by Wendy Howell Mills (Coastal Carolina Press, Wilmington, N.C., 2002), the intrepid heroine steals into the ODU reference room and uses the computers to do her “detective” work.  It’s all there on pages 150-155.

Let us know of any other sightings of the library you find in books and a Friends of the Library mug will be yours.  Send your sightings to

NFOLW Is Coming

Or as it is more formally known, National Friends of the Library Week, October 21-27.  It’s a great time for members to be a true pal.  Use the time, says the Friends of the Library USA Web site, to promote the library in the community.  So, get out there and sing the praises of the soon-to-be best research library in the state or sign up a new “friend.”  And for all you members who work so tirelessly on behalf of the library, thanks. 

Did You Know?

Some pretty famous people have been librarians at one time in their lives.  Here’s just a partial list:

Hector Berlioz
Jorge Luis Borges
Giovanni Giacomo de Seingalt Casanova
     (the Casanova guy)
David Hume
Immanuel Kant
Karl Marx
Pope Pius XI
Laura Bush
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mao Tse Tung (we’re guessing no one ever had a book overdue)

(From the Literature & Language Division, Harold Washington Library Center and Wikipedia Encyclopedia)

So be nice to a librarian, he or she might be famous one day.

Staff Member Highlight

As a new ongoing feature in each issue of our newsletter, we will offer a thumbnail profile of one staff member or patron of the University Libraries.  

Our first subject is Instruction and Music Collections Reference Librarian Elizabeth Medeiros Hogue:

Born and raised:  San Jose, California

Family:  Husband David; Son Joshua (a junior at Norview High School)

Education:  B.A. in Theater Arts (San Jose State University)
M.L.S. -- Master of Library Science (San Jose State University)
Vocal Performance (New England Conservatory of Music)

Elizabeth Hogue

Years working at Perry Library:  Nine

Specialty:  Music Collections Librarian

Responsibilities:  Liaison to university’s Music faculty; lecturer in English 111 (library research); F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room Team leader.  (The Diehn Composers Room includes the university’s collection of 3,000 musical scores, 3,000 CDs, 11,000 LPs, and its extensive Archives collection of original musical manuscripts, sketches and scores.)

Favorite part of job:  “I love dealing with people. My first job here was cataloguing, in the back, which fit my mind but not my personality. I need to have interaction with people. I’m a very social person.”

Least favorite part of job:  “Keeping up with everything we have to do here. We get overwhelmed sometimes.”

Last book read:  “Believe it or not, librarians are like everybody else. It’s hard to find time to read.  Right now I’m reading -- yeah, I know -- Harry Potter, because my son’s reading it.”

Personal passion:  Singing (Operatic Soprano); has performed in more than 20 professional productions, including La Traviata, Tosca, Fiddler on the Roof and Dracula.

Proudest achievement:  Performing the role of The Queen of the Night in the Virginia Opera’s 2003 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  “All my friends were there, wondering, ‘Can she do those high F’s?’  That was scary, but exhilarating, too.”

Current project:  Just completed her debut CD, “Singing Arias With Passion,” recorded this summer in Canada (for details, see her personal website

What’s In Your Wallet?

For First Lady Laura Bush, the “most important item in my wallet is my library card.”  In her address last year to a public library in Washington, D.C., she went on to say “libraries cannot thrive without the support of the people they serve.”  Now, there’s a Friend of the Library.

Sound Advice

Frank Zappa had this to say when once addressing a group of young students:  “Forget the senior prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you have any guts.” Sounds like a man with his priorities straight.

Upcoming Events at ODU

October 19:  Founders Day Luncheon, Ted Constant Convocation Center, Noon, $20.00

November 30 and December 1:  Holiday Madrigal Dinner; Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center Atrium; 6:30 p.m., $35.00

Life Members of the Friends of the Library

Robert Ake & Joyce Neff
Robert & Mary Lewis Ash
Ann B. Bohannon
Carl Boyd
Bette Browning
Charles O. & Elisabeth Burgess
Cynthia Clark
Mary G. Commander
Rita Costello
Lisa Cumming
Joseph & Mary Daniel
Anne Scott Daughtrey
Richard & Martha Early
Robert L. & Katherine B. Fenning
Jeffrey & Chieko Flowers
Robert Fodrey
Leslie H. Friedman
Grace Fritzinger
Roger & Martha Frost
Edythe C. Harrison
Ray & Dolly Hinton
William R. & Jerry L. Hoddinott
Paul & Judith Homsher
Margo Horner
Thomas & Patricia Isenhour
Marc & Constance Jacobson
James & Donna Koch
Barry Kornblau
Ann Lawler
Jean M. Lindsay
Robert & Maria Magoon
Robert & Jean Major
Alf J. Mapp, Jr.
John & Cynthia McCraw
Arnold & Oriana McKinnon
Ernestine Middleton
Raymond F. Morgan
Virginia S. O’Herron
Helen O’Neal
Anna O’Reilly
Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry
Joseph Petro & Helen Yura-Petro
W. Maurice Pritchard
Usman & Jane Qureshi
Sid & Llew Roberts
Martha Rollins
Roseann Runte
Anne B. Shumadine
J. Taylor & Jo Ann Sims
Daniel & Helen Sonenshine
Ira & Jean Steingold
William & Ernestine Swart
Robert & Katherine Treherne
Helen White
Harold & Rhetta Wilson
Evangeline Yoder

In Memoriam

Louis and Minnie Fine
Geraldine Fodrey
Lucille Garner
Lee and Helen Gifford
Beverly Lawler
B. R. Middleton
The Reverend Ellis O’Neal
Patrick Rollins
A. Rufus and Sara Tonelson
Arthur White

FOL Board of Directors

Mary Lewis Ash
Fred Kirsch
Laurnie J. Bermudo
Virginia S. O’Herron
Jane P. Browning
Olivia Osei-Sarfo
Charles O. Burgess
Sid Roberts
Lane Dare
Peter Schulman
Mike D’Orso
Lisa Suhay
Kati Fenning
Elizabeth Taraski
David R. Hager
Lona Tonelson
Stephen Hamilton
Cecelia Tucker
Paul Homsher
Derek Turrietta
Joe Jackson
Susan Weaver

Editors: Fred Kirsch - Mike D’Orso - Lisa Suhay