Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

FoL Newsletter October 2008

Lafayette in America -- Alan Hoffman Lecture and Book Signing on October 17, 2008

Alan Hoffman, translator of the first unabridged English version of Auguste Levasseur’s Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, will speak on Friday, October 17, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. on the first floor of the University Village Bookstore, located at 4417 Monarch Way, Norfolk.


As we approach the 227th anniversary of the American and French Victory at Yorktown (October 19), the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries invite you to come to learn more about General Lafayette’s final tour of America – including the time he spent in Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area.

Alan R. Hoffman, translator, holds a B.A. degree in history from Yale University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Passionate about American history and Lafayette, he spent three years working on this first unabridged English translation of Levasseur's journal and readying it for publication. He is a member of the American Friends of Lafayette and the Massachusetts Lafayette Society.

Auguste Levasseur, author, was a young French officer who was involved in conspiratorial activity against the Bourbon Monarchy in the early 1820's. After serving as Lafayette's private secretary and writing this journal, he was involved in the Revolution of 1830 and later served in a diplomatic post under King Louis-Phillipe.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available after 2:00 p.m. in parking garages C and D (near the bookstore). For additional information, please contact Fern McDougal at 757-683-4146 or by e-mail at

Stuart Frazer new Head of Access Services

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Many students and faculty may not know Stuart Frazer by sight, but he makes a trip to the library a lot more rewarding.

Stuart is Head of Access Services. He’s the guy in charge of circulation, microforms and interlibrary loan and document delivery services. He also supervises the two branch libraries, the Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library and the F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room. Overall, he directs a staff of 16.

“My job is making sure all those departments are operating well,” said Frazer. “I love interacting with students and faculty, but I am mostly behind the scenes.”

Stuart took over the post permanently in July, after serving as acting head for seven months. Prior, Stuart was the Interlibrary Loan Librarian since 2003. He came to ODU in 1995 from West Virginia State College, where he was a reference librarian.

Being a librarian was in Stuart’s genes. His mom was a cataloging librarian at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he grew up. “It wasn’t a career path that I always wanted to pursue; I came to it after a while,” said Frazer who earned his undergrad degree in sociology from Tulane. He received his master’s in library science from Rutgers. He also holds a master’s in humanities from ODU.

Mona to the Rescue

Old Dominion library specialist Mona Farrow had all the answers for a history buff from Kentucky who was researching the expansion of fur trade by the British.

Charlene Phelps was “beginning to anguish over the absence of necessary archival material” since she was unable to travel to Philadelphia where the Baynton, Wharton and Morgan Papers, 1725-1827, vital to her subject, were housed. At the suggestion of the Kirn Library in Norfolk, she called Perry Library, hoping she might find help.

Enter Mona, who works in the microforms department.

Phelps was stunned to find out the University Libraries owned microfilm of the papers. In a flash, Mona forwarded Phelps an index to the particular years she needed from the papers. When the researcher decided on the items she needed, Mona had copies on the way.

Our happy historian in Kentucky credited Mona with “helping immeasurably,” praising how efficient she was and how willing to help a person far away. That's something people at Old Dominion have known for a long time. Mona Farrow has been solving problems and helping people in her quiet way since she came to Old Dominion in 1973. Her first job was as a receptionist for ODU president James Bugg. She's been the Microforms Services Unit Supervisor since 1991.

“I was a youngster when I came to ODU,” she said with a laugh. Mona and husband James have four daughters. Twins Felicia and Alicia are seniors at ODU, majoring in engineering.

Said Mona about her Kentucky connection: “I was just glad I could help. That's what we’re here for.”

Friends of the ODU LibrariesBoard of Directors

Nell Armstrong
Mary Lewis Ash
Charles O. Burgess
Lane Dare
Mike D’Orso
Sue Doviak
Kati Fenning
Anita Friedmann
Jack Gross
David R. Hager
Steve Hammond
Paul Homsher
Bill Jackson
Joe Jackson
Fred Kirsch
Virginia S. O’Herron
Olivia Osei-Sarfo
Jennifer Priest
Sid Roberts
Peter Schulman
Lona Tonelson
Cecelia Tucker
Derek Turrietta
Edward Wladas

President................................................ Mary Lewis Ash
Past President........................................ Charles O. Burgess
Vice President....................................... David R. Hager
Treasurer................................................ Virginia S. O’Herron
Secretary................................................ Kati Fenning
Member-at-Large.................................. Cecelia Tucker

Upcoming Events on Campus

“Uncommon Power: The Eye of the Self-Taught Artist”
Through March 8, 2009
Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries
4509 Monarch Way at 45th Street
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
The second installation of the Baron and Ellin Gordon bequest to Old Dominion University looks at the aesthetics, materials and vision of the self-taught artist. For more information, call 683-6271.

President’s Lecture Series
October 23, 2008 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Frank Deford will present a lecture, “Sports: The Hype and the Hoopla” on Thursday, October 23, in the Multipurpose Room of the Ted Constant Center. After the lecture he will be signing copies of his latest book, The Entitled, which will be on sale before and after the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the 43rd Street Constant Center parking garage.

Colgate and Constance Darden Lecture in Education
November 20, 2008 3:00-5:00 p.m.
102 Mills Godwin Life Sciences Building
In celebration of American Education Week, the Darden College of Education welcomes Dr. Mark Bauerlein, author of “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future.” Dr. Bauerlein is an English professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is free and open to the public.

Amahl and the Night Visitors by: Gian Carlo Menotti
November 23 at 3:00 pm; November 25 at 7:30 pm
Location: Chandler Recital Hall (Diehn Center)
A family Christmas favorite, this one act opera tells the story of three kings on their way to see a newborn wondrous child. On their way, they stop to rest at the home of a single mother struggling to care for her young physically disabled son. A Christmas miracle changes the lives of all in the story. For information, call Charles Stanton at 683-6115.

Madrigal Banquet
ODU Madrigal Singers and Collegium Musicum,
Lee Teply, director
December 5 & 6, 2008 6:30 p.m.
Location : Atrium, Diehn Center, Elkhorn and 49th Streets
Cost: Single tickets, $35; Groups of 6 or more: $30 ODU Students: $20
The banquet this year will have a Spanish/Latin American theme, combining music from the Spanish Golden Age with folk songs and carols from Latin America. The menu includes Barbecued Steak Brazilian-Style for the main course and Basque Chocolate Cake with Cherry Sauce for dessert.
For more information, contact Lee Teply at Tickets are at the ODU box office at the University Theatre, or call 683-5305.

Buy Early and Often!

The 34th Annual Old Dominion University Libraries Book Sale is Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 8.
Books for newsletter.gifThere will be a special preview session for Friends of the Libraries members Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. So, vote first and then book on over to Perry Library, Room 151, to check out the great deals we've got.

Donations of books, magazines, audiovisual tapes, CDs and DVDs will be accepted at the Perry Library circulation desk through Oct. 24. This is the perfect time to do a little fall cleaning of your book cases and magazine racks.

The sale is open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Hardbacks are $2, paperbacks a mere $1 (What can you get for a buck these days?) and magazines 25 cents. So, raid the piggy bank and come.

Proceeds benefit the Library Student Assistant Achievement Award Fund.

How to Be a Friend

If you would like to join the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries, please fill out the membership form below and mail it with your payment to the address indicated below, or you may bring it to the Circulation Desk in the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library for immediate membership. For more information, please call Fern McDougal at 757-683-4141, or e-mail at