Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries


Spring 2001 Newsletter

7TH Annual Author Dinner Success

The attendance was so great at the Annual Friends of the Library Author Dinner on April 10th that the dinner was moved to a larger room for the first time in seven years. The highlight of the Friends year, this event continues to bring together supporters of the Library while it honors distinguished authors.

Dr. Carl Boyd of the Old Dominion History Department received the Friends Outstanding Achievement Award. As the Louis I. Jaffé Professor of the College of Arts and Letters and an Eminent Scholar, Dr. Boyd was recognized for his achievements in scholarship, publishing and education.

The Friends also welcomed the return of two members and the addition of four new individuals to serve on the Board of the Friends of the Library. Elected during the business portion of the dinner were returning Board members Bette Browning and Lucille Garner. Also joining the Board for three year terms are ODU alumna Christy Jaap, Campus Director of the Cooper Career Institute who also teaches a freshman composition class at ODU; Usman Qureshi, a member of the Economics Department from 1959-1987 and former chair of the department, he also was the founder of the Economics Club of Hampton Roads; Mable Smith, an associate professor in the ODU School of Nursing who also holds a law degree, she recently completed an internship in the office of the President; and Bonnie Simon, the student Board member, who is a full-time manager of a real estate title agency while also pursuing a degree in history with a minor in creative writing at Old Dominion.

At the conclusion of the dinner portion of the evening President of the Friends Martha Rollins read a literary tour de force proclamation honoring President James Koch and Donna Koch for their service to the Friends of the Library over the years.

The guest speaker for the evening, Professor Larry J. Sabato, the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Governmental Studies, captivated the audience with an informative and entertaining talk on the 2000 Presidential Election, while frequently noting the importance of the library and the Friends of the Library in the community. He also answered audience questions ranging from Virginia politics to individual responsibility in politics with political acumen and good humor. A homecoming for Dr. Sabato, he was accompanied to the dinner by his mother and long-time family friends.

The Book Guys at Old Dominion

One of the very first things Allan Stypeck did when he arrived to co-host The Book Guys was to buy a Friends of the Library T-shirt! Not only that, he immediately put it on and wore it the rest of the afternoon.

Janet Peery, Allan Stypeck, and Mike Cuthbert

With the gracious support of the Friends of the Jean Outland Chrysler Library at the Chrysler Museum, the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries offered up an exciting and interesting Saturday on February 10. The Book Guys – Allan Stypeck, Mike Cuthbert and Warren Wigutow – recorded two radio shows in the Mills Godwin auditorium, playing to a live audience of about 200 book lovers. With a quick wit and amazing detail, Allan and Mike looked at and discussed such diverse books as a 1682 first edition of the Captivity Narrative of Mary Rowlandson and a 19th century Ambercrombie family Bible. In between were interviews with special guests Janet Peery and Alf Mapp, and discussions with fellow book collectors Doug Greene and Gordon Magnuson.

Nearly everyone in the audience had brought an old or treasured book for appraisal, but there was only time during the radio programs for a handful of on-air evaluations. Few went away disappointed, though, as Allan, Warren and Mike stayed long after the recording equipment was packed up, patiently talking with anyone who waited with their books. From early editions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin to a collection of very small books containing the plays of William Shakespeare, the books ranged from very rare to ‘just good reads.’ In many respects, the value of the books was the least interesting part of the day. Tidbits of information, from how to determine whether a Frank Baum Oz book is a first edition (it is very difficult to tell) to using unscented kitty litter to remove mildew from books, the Book Guys were informative and entertaining.

Following the radio tapings, members of the Friends enjoyed a reception in the Perry Library, and several who still had energy left at the end of the day were treated to a marvelous dinner at Bobbywoods Restaurant. Special thanks are owed to Ken Hawkins at the Norfolk Sheraton for assisting with accommodations, and of course to the Jean Outland Chrysler Library Friends for their interest and support. Our thanks also to public radio station WHRV-FM for recording the festivities. All in all, it was a wonderful day.

Did you miss hearing the shows when they aired on the radio? You can still hear them via the Internet! Check out The Book Guys on the world wide web at http://www.bookguys.com! The miracles of technology make it possible to hear the shows again.

"The Crisis in Scholarly Publishing"

Julia Blixrud, Association of Research Libraries/SPARC

If you were unable to attend this Friends event on Thursday, March 29, 2001, you missed a thought-provoking presentation that was also a call to action.

The fast-rising cost of journals has had a devastating effect on the flow of scholarly communication, the research community, and library collections. The situation is especially dire for journals in the scientific, technical and medical fields. SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) was created to offer a constructive response to this issue. It works to find common ground among libraries, publishers and scientists who share the goal of making scientific communication responsive to the goals of science. Data gathered by the Association of Research Libraries shows that libraries are spending more and getting less. This study showed that serials spending was 152 percent higher in 1998 than a dozen years earlier – yet there has been a seven percent decline in the number of titles libraries are getting for their money.

The strain of rising journal prices is compounded by the availability of new media – such as Web editions of existing journals – and ever-more-specialized journals competing for available budgets.

Research used to be gifted to societies by authors and returned to the community in the form of low-cost journals. Now, researchers – whose work is paid for by the university or the federal government – give away their research to commercial journals, which then charge universities hefty subscription fees in order to buy it back.

Did you know that the cost of serial format publications increased approximately 200% between 1986 and 1999, while, during the same period, the Consumer Price Index increased only by approximately 50%?

It should not be surprising, in light of these startling statistics, that there was a 25% decrease in expenditure by libraries on monographs during the same period.

Factors that contribute to the monopoly marketplace are:

  • Abundance of supply of publishable works
  • Limited, static or even shrinking market for those works
  • Disconnect between creators of the intellectual content and the eventual purchaser (libraries) – scholars and scientists generally have little knowledge of the cost of journals, they simply need to publish or perish

Library strategies to fight the monopolies:

  • Blanket cancellations of serial publications
  • Rely more heavily on document delivery – "just in time, rather than just in case" collection policies
  • Collaborative collection development (consortia)
  • Abandon the ownership model – license information rather than buy it – "pay per view"

Scholars can fight to reclaim their power over the commercial publishers by leaving them behind and establishing alternative venues in which scholarship can be communicated. This process has begun in a number of disciplines, and the prospects are exciting. Libraries alone cannot combat the economic realities of the publishing monopoly marketplace. Only in alliance with the creators of the intellectual content of scholarly publishing can change occur.

For more information on SPARC, visit their web site at: www.arl.org/sparc

Book Sale Funds Update

The 2000 Annual Book Sale was the Old Dominion University Libraries’ most successful ever! A total of $2,603.37 was garnered from the sale. Proceeds were mainly used to fund the Annual Student Achievement Awards. Twenty-seven students were given awards based on eligibility and achievement. The eligibility component required students to have worked for the Libraries for two semesters. The achievement component was based on supervisors’ evaluations and resulted in four groupings:

  • 10 students received awards of $100 each ($1000)
  • 7 students received awards of $85 each ($595)
  • 7 students received awards of $75 each ($525)
  • 3 students received awards of $60 each ($180)

The four groups of awards combined added up to a total of $2,300 given out as gift certificates to the Old Dominion University Book Store. Students were allowed to use the gift certificates to purchase any items of their choice, including all merchandise available in the Book Store – even text books!

The sum of $300 was used by the Library Staff Organization to fund the annual Student Appreciation Luncheon. The money was used primarily for food and beverages, but also for paper products. The luncheon was for all student assistants working in the library, not just for those who received awards. The Student Achievement Awards were presented to recipients at the luncheon.

The remaining $3.37 was carried over to next year’s sale.

Membership DUES: Where Do They Go?

Membership dues for Friends of the Old Dominion University Library, now averaging $10,000 - $13,000 annually, are given to the Library to extend funds available to build programs and services of the library system. Some recent expenditures from Friends gifts are these purchases:

  • Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, a 15 volume landmark reference set intended for chemists, biochemists, molecular biologists, and many physicists, both practitioners and researchers.
  • Preservation supplies intended to protect the Library’s special collections – fragile and valuable manuscripts, historical photographs, newspaper clippings.
  • Special project staffing for preparing the Web site that documents all of Old Dominion University’s 23 Literary Festivals. The site may be found at the following address: http://courses.lib.odu.edu/litfest/
  • Extension of professional signage throughout the Perry Library.
  • Software to create adaptive workstations for the Library’s special needs users to exploit online information resources to the fullest.

Financial Report

As part of the annual meeting of the Friends of the Library, a financial report was distributed, showing receipts and expenses as of April 10, 2001, for a fiscal year beginning September 1, 2000 and ending August 31, 2001. The following are major income or expense items for the year in progress.

Expenses

  • Operating expenses $428
  • Merchandise for resale $200
  • Book Guys net expenses $767
  • Subtotal $1,395

Income

  • Membership dues as of 4/3/01 $6,121
  • Baskets for Books $2,395
  • Annual dinner net income $ 407
  • Merchandise sales $ 485
  • Subtotal $9,408

Balance $8,013

– Jean A. Major, Treasurer

Featured Volunteer: Rosalie Tuttle

Manuscript collections come to libraries with staples and paper clips fastening individual sheets of paper, with newspaper clippings and photographs interspersed with hand-written and typed pages. These valuable collections must undergo preservation processing before they are prepared for use. Rosalie Tuttle has been doing this valuable work with the manuscript collections of the Diehn Composers Room for nearly two years.

Most recently, Ms. Tuttle has processed the collections of Allan Blank, whose compositions are being featured in a performance that is part of the upcoming Virginia Arts Festival. On April 26 a chamber ensemble made up of principals from the Virginia Symphony will perform a selection of Blank compositions in the Chandler Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by the opening of an exhibit of selected manuscripts from the Blank collection, including those documents prepared by Ms. Tuttle and others identified by her as a result of her work with the collection. Rosalie Tuttle has carried out the preservation procedures for most of the photographs included in the collection of Ludwig Diehn, the composer for whom the Diehn Composers Room was named. She has also done most of the essential preservation for other Diehn Room collections.

Rosalie Tuttle brings a valuable combination of talents to her work in the Diehn Composers Room. A longtime performer in choral ensembles, she possesses significant musical knowledge and interests. These are combined with experience as a librarian; she recently retired as the librarian of Catholic High School in Virginia Beach. Friends of the Old Dominion University Library salute the valuable contributions of Rosalie Tuttle to the Diehn Composers Room.

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library assembled on the campus at the lucky seventh annual author dinner in recognition of the Library as the central force in the intellectual life of the University; and

WHEREAS, the impetus to organize the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library originated from President James V. Koch and Donna L. Koch; and

WHEREAS, President James V. Koch and Donna L. Koch, who have led by example, have nurtured, encouraged, and supported the goals and activities of the Friends in many ways, directly and indirectly, effectively and optimistically, consistently and gracefully; and

WHEREAS, President James V. Koch has highlighted the Library in his service to the University and he has faithfully participated in Friends’ events, notably taking the podium at the most recent Fall Forum to share his current research in e-commerce and also heroically winning dollars for the Library by making baskets in a rapid-fire foul-shooting contest at the annual "Baskets for Books" event; and

WHEREAS, Donna L. Koch has served formally as Friends Program Chairman, effortlessly providing coordination and resourcefully offering bright ideas and extraordinary literary talent, in addition to bringing people together so that all have shared her enjoyment in the production of worthwhile events; and

WHEREAS, by inspiration and action, individually and together, the Kochs have guided the development of the Friends organization and fostered friendship among the members while simultaneously advancing the quality of the University; now, therefore,

BE IT HEREBY PROCLAIMED that President James V. Koch and Donna L. Koch are extended our thanks and appreciation for their thoughtfulness, participation, and dedication, as well as their generous annual monetary gifts; and they are assured of our commitment to sustain the spirit of the Friends that they have inculcated;

WHEREFORE, President James V. Koch and Donna L. Koch are accorded our very best wishes for happiness and success in their endeavors forevermore.

SIGNED AND SEALED sentimentally at Old Dominion University this tenth day of April 2001.

Friends of
the Old Dominion University Library

(signed: Martha G. Rollins)
President