Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

September 2005

Perspectives on Banned Books: A Panel Discussion

The Friends of the ODU Library will join thousands of libraries and bookstores in sponsoring events and exhibits speaking out against attempts to censor books and celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 24 – October 1.

On Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m., Cathy Lewis, host of HearSay with Cathy Lewis on WHRV-FM, Lisa Murray, long-time book reviewer on WHRV-FM, and Tom Robotham, managing editor of Port Folio Weekly, will present a panel discussion moderated by Tim Seibles, associate professor of creative writing at Old Dominion.

The event will be held in Room 101 of the Mills Godwin Building on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the parking garage on 43rd Street, next to the Mills Godwin Building.

Friends Presence at the Literary Festival

CROSSINGS, Old Dominion University’s 28th annual literary festival will take place October 3-7, and the Friends of the Library will be in evidence with a table promoting memberships and selling memorabilia such as sweatshirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, and the like. Any member who would like to represent the Friends and is able to staff the Friends table on Wednesday, October 5, 7 – 9:30 p.m. or Thursday, October 6, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., please contact Mary Daniel, or 451-2920.

For more information on the Festival, see

New Life Members

The Friends of the Old Dominion University Library celebrated its tenth anniversary during the 2004-2005 academic year. As part of the celebration, the Friends organization extended an opportunity to become life members. At the close of this limited-time opportunity, 18 individuals and couples joined at the Life Member level. We welcome the following new life members:

Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Ash
Dr. and Mrs. Charles O. Burgess
Mrs. Rita Costello
Ms. Lisa Cumming
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Daniel
Robert L. and Katherine B. Fenning
Mr. Leslie Friedman
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Hoddinott
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Isenhour
The Honorable and Mrs. Marc Jacobson
Mrs. Jean M. Lindsay
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Magoon
Ms. Virginia S. O’Herron
Mr. and Mrs. J. Douglas Perry
Dr. and Mrs. Sid Roberts
Dr. Roseann Runte and Mrs. Anna O’Reilly
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Sonenshine
Drs. Katherine and Robert Trehearne

Old Dominion University
Changing Lives for 75 Years

The University Libraries join all of Old Dominion University in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the institution. With the kickoff of the university’s celebration on September 15, the library Web site will offer an exhibit of photographs, text, and audio from oral histories held in the Libraries’ University Archives. This digital exhibit can be seen and enjoyed at An exhibit in the lobby of the Perry Library will be available for viewing throughout much of the fall semester.

“The History of War and other Histories”

The annual Fall Forum sponsored by the Friends of the Library will present a lecture by Peter Paret, Professor Emeritus, School of Historical Studies in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. The lecture, in memory of Craig M. Cameron, Old Dominion University faculty member, is titled “The History of War and other Histories.”

Peter Paret is a noted scholar in the contemporary study of military history with research focusing principally on the political and intellectual challenges of war. He is the recipient of many honors and awards and has held academic appointments at Princeton University, the University of California, and Stanford University, as well as now at the Institute for Advanced Study.

The Fall Forum will be held on Friday, October 28, at 1 p.m. in Room 104, Batten Arts & Letters Building.

Let’s Become Close Friends!
Sustaining Member, Sponsor, Fellow – Or Member of the University Librarian’s Circle.

All of us know the satisfaction of helping to build one of the university’s – and the community’s – most important resources by maintaining membership in the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library. That satisfaction can be even greater when your level of support is increased to a higher membership level, such as Sponsor, Fellow, or member of the University Librarian’s Circle.

Special recognition comes with membership at the leadership levels – a behind-the-scenes tour of the library hosted by the University Librarian, invitations to exclusive exhibit previews, reserved seating at library programs and concerts, a personally inscribed copy of the history of the university library. All of these gifts are in addition to the satisfaction of making a leadership contribution to the Friends of the Library.

To upgrade your membership to one of the leadership levels, use the membership form printed on the last page of this newsletter. and enjoy the pleasure of being a leadership supporter of the Library and its Friends.

Gifts from Personal Collections

Are you moving your office and your professional collection? Weeding your personal library? Have you identified books from your own collections that must find a new home? Consider the Old Dominion University Libraries as a worthy recipient for materials you can no longer keep.

A university as youthful as ours depends on donations from serious readers to fill in gaps in their library collections. The ODU library has needs in all disciplines, from all periods of scholarship. When the library receives donated books, they are reviewed for “goodness of fit” with the programs of the university and the needs of the library. Those that are appropriate are added to the collection, and the rest are contributed to the library’s book sale. All gifts are acknowledged.

If you have only a few boxes of books to give to the library, drop them off at the Perry Library circulation desk (left of the entrance). For help in transporting larger collections, contact Debra Bell, 683-4152.


September 15, 75th anniversary exhibit opening.

September 29, “Perspectives on Banned Books: A Panel Discussion,” 7 p.m. Mills Godwin Building, Room 101.

Mid-October, Adolphus Hailstork, exhibit in the Diehn Composers Room.

October 28, Fall Forum, “The History of War and other Histories,” 1 p.m. Batten Arts & Letters, Room 104.

October 28-30, China Forum, exhibit in lobby of Perry Library.

November 2-5, Library Book Sale (Preview sale for Friends members on November 1)

December 17, Baskets for Books

COMING SOON: Annual Library Book Sale

The book sale managed by the library’s staff association with help from members of the Friends of the Library will be held November 2-5 in room 151 of Perry Library. Friends members are offered the opportunity to preview and shop the sale on the evening of November 1, before the sale opens to the public. Show a Friends of the Library membership card for admission to the preview sale. Members wishing to donate books to the sale may drop them off at the circulation desk of the Perry Library in advance of the sale dates.

December 17: SAVE THE DATE!

Baskets for Books, the annual basketball game to benefit the University Libraries and the Friends of the Library is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, December 17. The ODU Monarchs will meet the DePaul Blue Demons at 7:00 in the Constant Convention Center.

This year the Friends tickets are for seating on the club level and include a buffet of casual food and drink. Of course, the seats are situated in a block. So organize an expedition with your club or put together a party of friends for the Libraries basketball game on Saturday, December 17. Call Fern McDougal at 683-4141 for tickets and group arrangements.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Service Committee of the Friends of ODU Library is seeking volunteers to help in the Special Collections Department of the Library. Volunteers work under the supervision of the Special Collections Coordinator and are asked to give a time involvement of approximately four hours per week. There are several interesting projects including reviewing materials in the university photographic collection, updating indexing projects for university publications, processing /organizing/reviewing manuscript collections and shelf-reading against the catalog list of Special Collections holdings.

If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail or call Mary Daniel at or 757-451-2920 .

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWSLETTER is produced by the Publicity Committee of the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library; members are:
Donna Bausch
Jean A. Major, Chair
Peter Schulman
Susan Weaver