Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

March 2007

Janet Peery to Speak at 13th Annual Author Dinner

Making It Up As You Go Along: The Writing Life is the title chosen by the author dinner’s featured speaker, Janet Peery, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. Described as “one of our most acclaimed storytellers,” Peery has received numerous authors’ awards and has served as a guest faculty member and writer-in-residence for noted writing programs throughout the United States.

What The Thunder Said, her newly released novel, is her third book, following Alligator Dance and The River Beyond the World. It has been praised as “sublime; deep and rich and risky and complicated.”

What The Thunder Said will be available for purchase at the author dinner, and Peery will sign copies at that time.

The Author Dinner will be held on April 24, 2007 -- Reception (cash bar) at 6:00 p.m.; Dinner at 6:30 p.m. -- in the River Rooms at Webb Center on the ODU campus. Admission to the dinner is $30/person ($25/person for FoL Life Members). Reservations may be made by using the form on the enclosed flyer. For further information please contact Fern McDougal at 683-4146 or via e-mail at, or you may visit the Friends Web page at

Douglas Ziegenfuss Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

The Friends of the Library Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Douglas Ziegenfuss, Professor of Accounting, at the annual Author Dinner on April 24. Ziegenfuss has been a member of Old Dominion University’s Accounting Department since 1989 and has served as its chair since February 2002. His area of specialization is auditing, with particular expertise in operational, fraud, and information technology audits.

The Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the Friends of the Library since 1995, was established to recognize distinguished records of published research among members of the Old Dominion community. Ziegenfuss’ publishing record indicates three books and a host of articles on topics related to auditing practice. Among his awards were Auditing Educator of the Year, Outstanding Accounting Educator, and Distinguished Service Award, the last from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Friends Sponsor “You’ve Got Mail”

ODU’s 2007 Film Festival, titled Colonial Encounters: Jamestown ’07 and Beyond, will include a film sponsored by the Friends of the ODU Library. “You’ve Got Mail” will be presented by Friends board member Susan Weaver and will be shown on Friday, March 23, at 3 p.m. in the Hampton-Newport News Room of Webb Center.

Schulman Outstanding Teacher

Friends’ board member Peter Schulman, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, recently was recognized as an outstanding teacher with the award of the Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is given each year by the College of Arts and Letters to recognize outstanding teaching

Schulman, an expert in 20th century French literature and civilizations, joined the board of the Friends of the Library in Fall, 2005.

Sports Writing Panel

“Sports Writing: More Than A Game” was presented for an audience of more than 80 on Tuesday, February 6. Guided by moderator Joe Cosco, Associate Professor of English, the panel of practicing sports writers – Jim Ducibella, Bob Molinaro, and Paul White, all of The Virginian-Pilot – described a range of ethical issues and discussed their perspectives on appropriate and effective responses.

Estate Planning: Remembering the Library

Planned giving or estate planning – it means making long-term provision for a cherished program or cause in a will. The Old Dominion University Libraries can be such a beneficiary. Those of us who love the Library may consider naming it as a beneficiary for a set amount or for a percentage of the estate, for example. It is even possible to establish a named endowment through planned giving, with a minimum bequest of $25,000.

Anita S. Friedman, Assistant Vice President for Development, is the university’s specialist in planned giving, and may be contacted for further information at 683-5789. The University’s Office of Development Web site offers a great deal of information as well, at the following address:

Dorothy Ladd Gift

The University Library has recently received a gift of $25,000 from the estate of Dorothy P. Ladd. The first professionally trained librarian for the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, Ms. Ladd served from 1937 until 1948, when she married, moved to Boston, and began a 30-plus-year career as a librarian at Boston University. She retired as Deputy there in 1983.

Spotlight on Jay Moore

The newsletter interviewed Jay Moore, Archivist for Music Collections in the University Libraries’ Diehn Composers Room, to learn more about his work and its place in the library’s support of university programs. The following is a report of the interview.

Newsletter: How does the Diehn Composers Room advance the mission of the university?
Moore: One aspect of the university’s mission is the preservation and dissemination of our cultural heritage. The program of the Diehn Composers Room is to collect and preserve the primary composition materials of composers whose work reflects the heritage of the Tidewater and all of Virginia. In the long term, researchers will be able to study the influence of these late twentieth century composers represented in the collection of the Diehn Composers Room.

Newsletter: What is your personal approach to satisfying these needs?
Moore: I try to identify the greatest preservation needs and take steps to remedy them, to bring those materials into a better state of preservation. Then I see that the Diehn Composers Room programs provide access to the collections through cataloging and outreach techniques.

Newsletter: How do the current advances in library service contribute to your ability to serve researchers?
Moore: In addition to established electronic catalog resources, the World Wide Web permits a library like ours to use Web sites to publicize our collections. We use narrative, photos, recordings, and now we are able to encode original documents digitally for use beyond the library. The current advances allow us to present real artifacts on the Web for retrieval and remote use by scholars.

Newsletter: Are there any obstacles to providing the kind of service you would like to offer?
Moore: Because the collection is young and therefore small, we have only a small volume of users now. When the Diehn Composers Room has more patrons, we will be able to gain a better sense of their needs and develop even more responsive services. Also, time is an obstacle. Mine is only a part-time position, and I could do more if it were full-time.

Newsletter: What in your background and experiences prepared you for this work?
Moore: I have been an amateur musician all my life, so I am used to musical performers and composers. Also, I was an academician for 13 years, teaching comparative literature and doing research in medieval drama, so I was used to working in archives as a user. I have had the good fortune, too, to work under the direction of excellent archivists during my training in librarianship.

Newsletter: What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Moore: I have been able to apply national and international standards for archival description to the library’s music special collections. Also, I have had the opportunity to design and create pedagogically sound and beautiful exhibits that are seen by more and more students. The expansion of outreach efforts for the Diehn Composers Room is very satisfying to me.

Parking Passes Available

For Friends of the Library at the Sustaining membership level ($100 - $199) and above, the library office can make parking passes available for periods of two weeks at a time. See Fern McDougal in the library’s administrative office (683-4141) to upgrade your membership level to qualify for this benefit and to arrange for your campus parking pass. Remember: passes are good for periods of two weeks at a time!

Tax Forms Available

The University Library’s Web site provides links to Internet sites that make both federal and state tax forms available for downloading. See for access to these sites.

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