Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Fall 1996 Newsletter


The Second Annual Friends’ Fall Forum will beSunday, November 10th, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 107 of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building, with a reception following in the Diehn Foyer.

Professors Kathy Pearson of the History Department and Elizabeth Lipsmeyer of the Art History Department will present a program that takes us out of the quagmire of American Presidential politics and into the exciting world of medieval kings, politics, religion, intrigue, and art.

This hour program will feature first Pofessor Pearson speaking on political concepts of kingship in the medieval world, and then Professor Lipsmeyer speaking on political imagery in religious places in the medieval world with a multi-media approach.

The Friends will print a reading list provided by each of the speakers, so you may follow up on these topics later on your own. Last year's reading list on World War II is still available in the Library office and also on our Web page if you missed it.

Following the presentation, join us for refreshments in the foyer, and, as a special bonus, you may want to stay for the 4:00 p.m. concert by the Collegium presenting renaissance and baroque music in the Diehn auditorium.

This special Sunday afternoon of politics, art, and even music is free and open to the public. Parking is available directly across the street from the Diehn Building (The corner of 49th Street and Elkhorn) in the lot on Elkhorn.


Thanks to Karen Vaughan at the ODU Library, the Friends now has its own WEB PAGE. Check it out by going to and then selecting Library Information and Services. Look for our lion logo. The page gives you information about the organization, future programs, reading lists, newsletters, and more.


The 28 Life members of the Friends who have contributed $1,000 were honored at a special program on September 11 in Webb Center. President James V. Koch recognized these individuals for their commitment to helping the very heart of the University, its Library. Gary Edgerton, Professor and Chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department, spoke on "Mystic Chords of Memory"--The Cultural Voice of Ken Burns.

Funds from Life Memberships are placed in an endowment to support the University Library. At least one new life member joined during this event. If you would like more information on how you can support the Library in this way, call Fern at 683-4141.


Looking for some holiday gift ideas? How about a nice Friends of the Library t-shirt or one of our new mugs? The mugs can be filled with jelly beans, chocolates, coffee or tea packets, and they make a perfect gift for the office gift exchanges, a teacher, or that aunt in Topeka. The mugs and the shirts are just $10 and feature the distinctive Friends logo. Call the Library at 683-4141 or just stop by the office on the 4th floor to pick up your perfect gift.


Within this academic year, students at Old Dominion University will be using significant new library facilities, as a result of two separate construction projects. An addition to the main building, under construction at this time, is scheduled for occupancy in Spring of 1997. While we will be continuing to renovate the existing building, new facilities for users and collections and new, up-to-date technological capabilities in the new building sections will be ready for use. In early 1998, the renovation will be done and the library will occupy the entire facility, an increase of 70% over the space in the existing building.

By March 1997, the Diehn Composers Room also is scheduled for completion. This addition to the Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building will house special collections of contemporary music, along with facilities for research leading to the performance of works represented in the collection.


The Old Dominion University Library Book Sale will be November 6th and 7th, in room 402 of the Library. Hours each day will be 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the sale are used for bookstore gift certificates for students who work in the library.

Come browse and purchase. If you have books to contribute, please bring them to the Reference Department of the Library any time after October 15th. If you would like to help out at the sale, call Dolly at 423- 2604.


We welcome Aleene Rose to the Board of the Friends for a three year term and also Peter Bruce as our student member for a one year term. Other Board members include: Bette Browning, Sterling Edmonds, Lucille Garner, Carole P. Hines, Dolly Hinton, Judith Homsher, Donna Koch, Beverley Lawler, Alf J. Mapp, Jr., Cynthia McCraw, Laura Moen, Raymond Morgan, Ocieola Newby, Virginia S. O'Herron, Ellis O'Neal, Barbara Peck, Al Rollins, Martha Rollins, and John H. Tucker, Jr.


Ann Bohannon -- She Walked These Hills by Sharon McCrumb (mystery, Virginia author)

Aleene Rose -- Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan (Australian author; fiction, but weaves in the history of Tasmania)

Robert Rose -- The Future Eaters by Tim Flannery (excellent nonfiction on the environment)

James Koch -- The Stevensons: The Biography of an American Family by Jean H. Baker (biography of Adlai Stevenson family)

Fern McDougal -- Spiritual Entrepreneurs by Michael Slaughter (how churches can achieve spiritual renewal and growth)