Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries


Fall 1997 Newsletter

Urban America in the Third Wave Topic for Fall Forum

The Friends of the ODU Library will present its annual Fall Forum on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in room 107 of the Diehn Building. This year's topic focuses on the City and the technological changes that impact on it, with particular emphasis on the cities of Hampton Roads.

Professors William Leavitt and Leonard Ruchelman of the ODU Graduate Center for Urban Studies and Public Administration will discuss the changes on the horizon for cities -- everything from lifestyle and employment to the economy and local government. They will also share new approaches for making government more responsive and less expensive. Both Leavitt and Ruchelman have experience in city government and have published in the area of urban affairs.

A reception will follow the Forum in the atrium of the Diehn Building from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Following last year's successful combining of the Friends' program with a concert in the auditorium of the Diehn Building, those attending "American Cities in the Third Wave" are encouraged to also attend the faculty recital at 4:00 p.m. of mezzo soprano JoAnn Simms, with Harold Protzman and Dennis Zeisler, and guest soprano Diane Menges. The program will include works from Schubert, Bolcom, and Rossini.

Both the Forum and the concert are free and open to the public. Ample parking is available in the lot across from the Diehn Building at the corner of 49th Street and Elkhorn.

The Forum and the concert are a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the beautiful Diehn Building .


Keegan Book Signing to Benefit Friends of the Library

Distinguished British historian John Keegan will be on campus in November as part of the Presidential Lecture Series in History, and on Thursday, November 6, from 12:30 to 1:30 he will sign books in the ODU Book Store. Barnes and Noble will donate to the Friends of the Library a percentage of the Keegan books sold at the ODU store.

Keegan, an esteemed military historian, is the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, A History of Warfare, In the Battle for History: Re-fighting World War Two, and Fields of Battle. He will be speaking on Wednesday evening, November 5, at 8 p.m. in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center.

This is a splendid opportunity to meet one of the premier international historians, have your books signed by him, and support the Friends of the Library. The Friends thank the ODU Book Store for their generous support.


New Board Members Join the Friends -- New Officers Assume Office

Ernestine Middleton and Eunice Whitehurst are new Board members elected for three-year terms at the Annual Author Dinner and General Meeting in April, and Edison Simmons was elected as the student representative. Re-elected were Board members Sterling Edmonds, Carole Hines, Dolly Hinton, Cynthia McCraw, Martha Rollins, and Al Rollins.

Elected to serve as officers at the June Board meeting were Martha Rollins, president; Judy Homsher, vice-president; Aleene Rose, secretary; and Ellis O'Neal, member at large to the Executive Committee.


Fall Membership Renewal Time

Membership renewal in the Friends of the ODU Library is due one year from the date one joined. Since the majority of memberships seem to come due in the fall, however, please check to see that your membership is current. If you are in doubt call Fern or Ocieola at 683-4141 and they will check for you.

Remember.... Your membership directly supports much needed acquisitions to the Library.

Your membership allows you borrowing privileges.

Your membership means you will be informed of all the Friends programs and events -- including the grand opening of the renovated Library in 1998.

Ask a Friend to Join With You!


Friends Committees Can Always Use Your Help

Want to be an active member of the Friends? Meet people who are interested in the very heart of the University, the Library? Join one of the Friends' Committees. Membership, Program, Publicity, Service, and Development are always seeking new members. If you would like to become involved, call Donna Koch at 489-0026.


Holiday Gift Giving Idea

It's not too early to be thinking of holiday gift ideas, and ideal for that office grab gift is the handsome Friends of the ODU Library Mug with our majestic lion logo. Fill the mug with candy, a plant, coffee, tea—and you have a fantastic gift. Mugs are $10 and can be purchased on the second floor in the main library administration office. Buy several and a Board member just might deliver them to your home or office. For more information call 683-4141.

Another holiday gift idea is to give a membership in the friends. Memberships start at $35. This is certainly a gift that will be meaningful, providing resources for students and faculty, and be used long after the holiday season ends.

Membership forms can be obtained at the Circulation Desk in the Library or they can be mailed to you by calling 683-4141. The Library can also mail notification of the gift membership to your recipient.


Suggested Reading from the ODU Faculty Wives & Friends Book Group

The Book Group of the Faculty Wives & Friends have chosen their books for the year. Here is a peek at what the group will be reading:

    Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds *

    One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

    Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

    Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

    Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett

    Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich

    River Beyond the World by Janet Peery *

    Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

    Personal History by Katharine Graham

* Old Dominion University Author

Library Construction Update

A major component of the library’s expansion project was completed in early August. The building addition, adding 76,000 square feet to the original building, was approved for occupancy, and library staff moved into their new work spaces. For many, it was their only move, and all equipment, files, books, and personal items had to be packed for transfer to new office areas. The library’s systems office moved also—including the computer which operates the library’s internal systems for book check-out and the public access catalog. Microform storage cabinets and equipment proved to be among the most difficult objects to move. Most important, all of the bound journals were moved, and the reference department was relocated to the second floor temporarily—books, indexes, computer terminals, and the service desk. Reference will move again to the department’s final first floor location in December.

Users and staff alike have made a major discovery after the move— working side by side with a renovation in progress is the most difficult part of the project! Often a plywood temporary wall or as little as a sheet of plastic separates the workers from the users and staff. Jackhammers have been in use, as well as other construction equipment. All in all, the noise and dust have been exceptional.

The "new" library building is expected to be finished by late February.


Diehn Composers Room

The F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, an addition to the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building, was finished during the summer. The facility houses the papers of Ludwig Diehn, as well as other contemporary composers. As this new program for the University Library progresses, additional collections from a broad spectrum of 20th century composers will be collected, and research use of the reading room of the facility will escalate.

The Diehn Room also contains the library’s music listening facility, with collections of recordings and scores for class and research use. The listening library has been in full operation since the beginning of the fall semester.