Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

FoL Newsletter September 2009

We’re Celebrating Fifteen Years!

The Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries are celebrating fifteen years of supporting the University Libraries. To mark the anniversary, the Friends have planned a series of events.

2009 events include:

  • October 22, 2009 - Friends Fall Forum
    7 – 9 pm Room 151, Perry Library
    Sonia Yaco, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist in the University Libraries, will speak on “Who Will Remember Hampton Roads’ School Desegregation? ODU Libraries’ Role in Preserving History”
  • October 31, 2009 - Friends Celebrate ODU Monarchs Football
    2:30 pm – Information Table on Kaufman Mall, with Friends of the Libraries Board members in costumes that celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz! 4:30 pm – Information Table in concourse at stadium
  • November 8, 2009 - Friends 15th Anniversary Reception
    2-4 pm Library Art Gallery, Perry Library
    President Broderick will make remarks, and Dr. G. William Whitehurst will be our speaker
  • November 10, 2009 - Friends Preview Night at Annual Book Sale
    5-8 pm Room 151, Perry Library
    The sale will be held in room 151 of the Perry Library, and will be open to the public as follows:
    Wed. Nov. 11 – Fri. Nov. 13: 9 am – 7 pm
    Sat. Nov. 14: 9 am – 4 pm

In 2010, events will include the annual Baskets for Books basketball game in January, a poetry reading by Tim Seibles during the spring semester, and the Annual Author Dinner in April. Details will be provided in the January issue of the FoL Newsletter.

Book Donations Needed

The crisp, fresh air of autumn sends many of us outdoors to rake fallen leaves and do other yard chores. This is also the perfect time to do a little work indoors to create some space on your shelves.

Donate books

The University Libraries are accepting donations of gently used books, sound recordings and DVDs for the Annual Used Book Sale at the Perry Library. Proceeds from the sale are used to provide awards to outstanding student workers in the Libraries.

To help insure the sale’s success, please bring your donations to the Circulation Desk by Wednesday, November 4th.

Featured Board Member

Alice McAdory, newly elected to the Friends of the Libraries Board, says she joined the Friends of the Libraries because “there is nothing to match the experience of stepping into a library filled with the generations of knowledge from all over the world, the unique smell of books, and the awe inspiring feeling of research and discovery in a library…. I want to be part of protecting and supporting libraries for future generations.”

Alice is an avid reader and, although she generally prefers non-fiction, her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. For more active recreation, Alice plays golf, loves hiking in the woods, and going to the gym.

Alice is no stranger to Old Dominion University. She has worked here for 19 years: as site director at the ODU-Langley AFB site, assistant director of Distance Learning for Military Programs, Director of the Peninsula Higher Education Center, Director of Admissions, and currently as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Book Review Corner – Bill Jackson

The Candy Bombers, by Andrei Cherny

The Candy Bombers is an excellent read for those who are history buffs and those who just want a sentimental journey. On another level it is well worth reading in these times of troubled waters. It is the story behind how America broke the Berlin Blockade with “Operation Vittles”. It is an anthology of America citizens from the Executive Office to the mechanic on the flight line executing a humanitarian relief action on the scale of the D-Day Invasion proportions, that halted the Soviets’ advance across postwar Europe, encouraged a defeated German people to chose democracy and dignity over enslavement shrouded in physical comfort, and convinced the world, as may have never been done since, of the ultimate “goodness” of the American people.

The backdrop is three years after the end of World War Two. The great American Army and Navy that defeated the Axis powers have been completely demobilized. America is governing Germany and Berlin with its former allies, France, England and the Soviet Union. Berlin, the former capital of the Nazi regime is in utter ruin. Berlin is also a microcosm of the party governance and is divided into four sectors. The American occupation of Germany and Berlin appears to be failing, with Communism rolling through the former independent Eastern European countries unabated. The international status of post war America is at an all time low and there is only one super power – the Soviet Union.

Harry Truman, in the Oval office, is not the choice of his own party for the coming Presidential election; the Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal has began his fall into the mental abyss and eventual suicide; General Lucius Clay, an officer who has been denied combat command in both World War One and Two is the head of the American Commission in Germany; General Bill Tunner, the architect of the Burma Hump Airlift is relegated to a desk job in the Pentagon and Lt Hal Halvorsen, is a young pilot who has been flying transport mission around the world only wants to return home to marry his sweetheart are the protagonists in this story.

On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union cut off all land and sea access to the Western Sector of Berlin. The Soviets then began to starve the Berliners in the Sectors governed by the American, French and British while offering sustenance in the Soviet sector, with the stated purpose to drive the Americans from the city and eventually Germany. Soviet military force, at the time, out numbed the Allies ten to one. The choices before the western allies were ostensibly to abandon the city and then Germany to the Russians, allow the Berliners to starve or start World War Three.

Many American officials considered the situation hopeless, save our protagonists. The plot centers on these men and how they developed a distinctly American course of action, which was a combination of military and moral force that was and is an inspiration for our country. The Berlin Blockade, which lasted from June 1948 to May 1949, was defeated by the most successful humanitarian action of all time, which ennobled the hearts of a former adversary, motivated people around the world to believe in democracy and avoided World War Three without firing a shot.

The book falls into the unique category of well done scholarly research while providing a glimpse of what is good about the American people in this all too chaotic world. None of the characters are vilified but are exposed for their human frailties while some are brought to Homeric proportions by their humanity and humility. I have the highest regard and recommenda-tion for the author’s research and the book itself. If one appreciated Edmund Burke, – “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – then they will truly enjoy the read.

Annual Book Sale – Friends’ Preview Night!

Mark your calendars -- the University Libraries’ Annual Used Book Sale will take place in early November, with the Friends-Only Preview sale on Tuesday, November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your Friends of the Libraries membership card and get first pick of the sale items.

The sale will be open to the public from 9 am to 7 pm, Wednesday, November 11 through Friday, November 13, and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 14.

Campus Calendar of Events

* indicates event is free and open to the public

Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations *
Thursday, October 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. North Cafeteria, Webb Center
Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter: “Key Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy.”

ODU 32nd Annual Literary Festival *
Tuesday, October 6 – Friday, October 9 11 am – 10 pm each day -- Various locations
This year’s theme is “Writers in Peace and War.” Participating writers include Mark Bowden ("Black Hawk Down," etc.), Jim Sheeler (Pulitzer Prize winner), and Brian Turner (Desert Storm soldier and poet). For details, contact Janet Peery,, phone: 683-4023. Also check University Libraries’ Web page,

I Hate Hamlet
Thursday, October 14 – Saturday, October 16 8:00 p.m. University Theatre
For tickets call 683-5305 (students $10, general $15)

Africa Day at ODU *
Thursday, October 15, 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm Webb Center
This event will educate and engage the ODU community to the unique cultural aspects within various African countries. Authentic ethnic foods from various regions, fashion and music will also provide an in depth cultural exploration of Africa.
.For more information call Lesa Clark at 683-5490.

Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31 8:00 p.m.; plus matinee on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3 – Saturday, November 7 8:00 p.m. University Theatre
For tickets call 683-5305 (students $10, general $15)

Exhibit -- From Pen to Page to Stage: Scoring for Suspense: Music for the Movies *
Through November 3; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. University Libraries’ Diehn Composers Room,
189 Diehn Center

An exhibit focusing on select early horror film scores and composers. Highlights include John Williams’ memorable Jaws theme; John Carpenter’s chilling “Mike Meyers theme” in Halloween; and classics such as Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and The Man Who Knew Too Much.
For more information, contact Jessica Mirasol, Librarian Archivist for Music Collections, at 757-683-4175.

Veterans' Day Observance
Kaufman Mall
Date: Tuesday, November 10 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Annual ceremony to honor our veterans.
(Rain site: North Mall, Webb Center)

Libraries’ Annual Used Book Sale
Room 151, Perry Library
Friends-Only Preview of Libraries’ book sale
Tuesday, November 10 5pm -8 pm
University Libraries’ Fall 2009 book sale *
Wednesday November 11 9 am – 7 pm
Thursday, November 12 9 am – 7 pm
Friday, November 13 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday, November 14 9 am – 4 pm

University Dance Theatre Fall Concert
November 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. University Theatre
The concert will include a wide variety of dance forms ranging from ballet to jazz to modern. Entertaining and thought-provoking works choreographed by ODU dance faculty, guest artists and selected students, and performed by ODU students.
Tickets: $10 Students, $12 General
Call 683-5305 for tickets.

Illumination *
Wednesday, December 9, from 4:15 pm to 6:00 pm North Mall, Kaufman Mall
Annual holiday celebration hosted by the President for the university and the surrounding community. Details to follow.

Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries Honor our Life Members

Current Life Members

Robert Ake and Joyce Neff
Robert and Mary Lewis Ash
Ann B. Bohannon
Carl Boyd
Bette Browning
Charles O. and Elisabeth Burgess
Cynthia Clark
Mary G. Commander
Lisa Cumming
Joseph and Mary Daniel
Richard and Martha Early
Robert L. and Katherine B. Fenning
Jeffrey and Chieko Flowers
Robert Fodrey
Leslie H. Friedman
Grace Fritzinger
Roger and Martha Frost
Edythe C. Harrison
Ray and Dolly Hinton
William R. and Jerry L. Hoddinott
Paul and Judith Homsher
Margo Horner
Thomas and Patricia Isenhour
Marc and Connie Jacobson
James and Donna Koch
Barry Kornblau
Ann Lawler

Jean M. Lindsay
Robert A. Magoon
Robert and Jean Major
Alf J. Mapp, Jr.
John and Cynthia McCraw
Orieana McKinnon
Ernestine. Middleton
Raymond F. Morgan
Virginia S. O’Herron
Helen O’Neal
Anna O’Reilly
Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry
Joseph Petro and Helen Yura-Petro
W. Maurice Pritchard
Usman and Jane Qureshi
Sid and Llew Roberts
Martha Rollins
Roseann Runte
Anne B. Shumadine
Taylor and JoAnne Sims
Daniel & Helen Sonenshine
Ira and Jean Steingold
William and Ernestine Swart
Katherine and Robert Treherne
Helen White
Harold and Rhetta Wilson
Evangeline Yoder

In Memoriam

Louis and Minnie Fine
Rita Mehalko Costello
Anne Scott Daughtrey
Geraldine Fodrey
Lucille Garner
Lee and Helen Gifford
Beverly Lawler
Arnold McKinnon
B. R. Middleton
The Reverend Ellis O’Neal
Patrick Rollins
A. Rufus and Sara Tonelson
Arthur White

The Friends of the
Old Dominion University Libraries

Life Membership Campaign

The Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries is an organization of people from the university community and the Hampton Roads community who are committed to building a world-class research library. An important part of this support is enhancing an endowment that can help us achieve this goal, even in an atmosphere of uncertain state funding. We invite you to consider joining us as a Life Member by contributing to the Life Membership Endowment.

The Old Dominion University Libraries is not only a depository of books, periodicals, and microforms for the use of the university community – though as such they are essential to the teaching and research functions of a major doctoral-granting institution. It is also the academic research library in the region and, for those citizens of Hampton Roads who have need for resources that may not be available in public libraries, has provided materials for writers of fiction and nonfiction, for those interested in specialized fields of all kinds, and for many other inquiring minds.

But in the twenty-first century, a library is much more than a depository of books. The University Libraries has traditionally made electronic resources available to our students and community. The Friends have contributed by funding JSTOR (a digital archive which includes leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences). Beginning in 2010, the Friends will fund WorldCat Local, a service that helps patrons easily locate and obtain items not only within our collections, but also within the collections of thousands of libraries around the world.

Your $1,500 life membership will be placed in the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries Life Membership Endowment. The proceeds of the endowment are fully devoted to the support of the Libraries’ services, resources and programs.

In addition, as a Life Member, you will be entitled to special benefits, including training in the use of databases and special consultations with the library research staff, preferred seating at University Libraries’ events, and having University and Libraries publications mailed to you. But the most important benefit is the satisfaction of knowing that your support is making a vital contribution to the life of the university and the Hampton Roads community.

Editor: Fern McDougal