Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Fall 1999 Newsletter


Who Needs It?
You, and you and you and I.

Because it takes you out of your backyard and introduces you to worlds you would otherwise never know.

You Never Know! When you least expect it, you know it will be ready. Ready for whatever you may suddenly demand.

What Is It?
The heart of the University.

What does that mean?
-It’s the place where we keep our resources for learning.
-It’s the place where you can go to learn and think about a problem, to understand it, to study it.
-It’s a place where wisdom is accumulated.
-It’s a place which will satisfy your curiosity – and arouse it.
-It’s the place in the University devoted to learning, not just entertainment.

Isn’t it just an information retrieval system?
That’s only a small part of it.

A library is a place where you seek your own truth instead of someone else’s canned version of it. It’s a place where you can explore the complexity of life and figure out what questions to ask.

And oh yeah! It’s a place where you can have fun – if you’ve learned to read and listen.


Al Rollins 9/14/99

Annual Book Sale

The library's Annual Book Sale will be held on November 1 and 2, in room 151 of Perry Library. Sale hours each day are from 10:00-3:00 and from 5:00-8:00. If you have books or sound recordings to donate to the sale, please bring them to the Circulation Desk by Thursday, October 28. There will be a special "sneak preview" sale for Friends of the Library on Sunday, October 31, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Friends Fall Forum

On November 14, at 2:00 p.m., in room 151 of the Perry Library Mieko Ishibashi will speak on "Interpreting Japanese Culture." She will highlight scenes from Memoirs of a Geisha in her presentation. Dr. Ishibashi is a lecturer with the Foreign Languages Department at Old Dominion University.

Please plan to join us for a fascinating afternoon.

President's Distinguished History Lecture

Jacqueline Jones, the Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University, will be on campus November 17 and 18.

Her lecture, "Self-Evident Truth at the Millennium: Historical Perspective on the Problem of Equality in American Society," is scheduled for November 18, at 8:00 p.m., in the Auditorium of the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building.

Friends of the Library have scheduled a book-signing on Wednesday, November 17 from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the University Bookstore. The Bookstore will contribute a percentage of sales for the benefit of the Library.

Professor Jones has written 5 books and currently holds a MacArthur Genius Grant, 1999-2004.

Remember to Renew Your Membership!

Friends’ Memberships revolve annually from the date you first joined. You should receive a reminder in the mail the month your membership expires, but if you think you have been overlooked, call Fern McDougal at 683-4141 to check on your membership status.

Friends’ Memberships also make great gifts. One of the Friends cups or mugs would also make a tangible gift to accompany the membership. Want more information? Call 683-4141 and ask for Fern.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many areas where the Library would benefit from your volunteer efforts. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amy Douglas. (Telephone: 683-4186; E-mail:

Current Opportunities:

Adopt-A-Shelf : This position entails shelving, shelf-reading and identifying materials for repair.

Information Desk: Puts you at the initial point of service in our patron-oriented organization. Provide assistance with the use of the on-line catalog and give directional assistance to library and other campus departments.

Office Assistance: Provide valuable on-going support by helping with mailings, photocopying, and various other office tasks.

Special Patron Assistance: You will be able to help our special patrons to access the Perry Library's collections. You can assist with material retrieval and/or special computer software designed to making reading possible for everyone.

Special Collections: A variety of opportunities include transcribing oral histories and processing manuscript collections. Your assistance will help ensure the preservation of Old Dominion University historical records and artifacts.

Opportunities for Special Projects:

Annual Book Sale: (Held in late October or early November each year.) You could help sort and stock books in preparation for the sale, maintain the stock during the sale, collect money, and assist patrons at the book sale.

Special Events: Serve as hosts at the Friends Fall Forum and the Annual Author Dinner. Staff the Friends table at special events like the President's Distinguished History Lecture and Baskets for Books.

Mounting Exhibits: Use your creativity! Designing and assembling displays are just two of the things that bring an exhibit like the Faculty Scholarly Research and Publications Exhibit to life!

New Board Members Elected at 1999 Author Dinner

Two new members were elected to the Board of the Friends of the ODU Library at the 1999 Author Dinner: Ann Bohannon and Shawnte Branch (student representative).

Other Board Members include: Donna Bausch; Bette W. Browning; Lucille L. Garner; Carole P. Hines; Dolly Hinton; Judith W Homsher; Donna L. Koch; Jean A. Major; Alf J. Mapp, Jr.; Cynthia McCraw; Ernestine Middleton; Laura K. Moen; Raymond F. Morgan; Viola Morgan; Virginia S. O'Herron; Ellis E. O'Neal, Jr.; Alfred B. Rollins, Jr.; Martha Rollins; Aleene Rose; John H. Tucker, Jr.; and Eunice Whitehurst.