New Board Members
At the annual meeting of Friends of the ODU Library, held in conjunction
with the author dinner on March 29, nine board members were elected. Five
current board members accepted election to second three-year terms. These
continuing board members are Mary Lewis Ash, Charles Burgess, Jean Major,
Cecelia Tucker, and Derek Turrietta.
Four new board members were elected:
Fred Kirsch is now an editor and writing coach for the Virginian-Pilot.
A winner of many writing awards during his 26-year career with the Virginian-Pilot,
Fred began as a sports writer. He is a regular user of the ODU Library’s
Special Collections, where he frequently does research.
Lisa Murray is a local author and public radio personality. She
presents Lisa’s List, a book review, every Friday on WHRV during
All Things Considered, and serves as local host for WHRV’s
Weekend Edition – Saturday.
Helen Sonenshine is a former stockbroker and retired business
owner, as well as a recent president of the Virginia Symphony League.
An acclaimed fund-raiser and woman of noted talents, Helen is dedicated
now to supporting the ODU Library by serving in the Friends leadership.
Lisa Suhay is a freelance journalist published in the New York
Times, Philadelphia Enquirer, Miami Herald, and Christian Science Monitor,
as well as other newspapers, and is the author of a children’s book
titled There Goes A Mermaid! A NorFolk Tale. She is currently a staff
member in the Office of University Relations at Old Dominion.
Library Staff Appreciation Reception
In a tradition of long standing, the Friends of the Library board will
honor librarians and staff at a reception on May 4. Board members and
other Friends will take the opportunity then to recognize the library’s
staff and thank them personally for their committed service to library
During the reception, awards will be presented to the Librarian of the
Year and the Staff Member of the Year. These annual awards were instituted
by Cynthia Duncan at the close of her tenure as University Librarian.
Jean Major, University Librarian Emeritus, and Virginia S. O’Herron,
present University Librarian, continued to support the awards and to celebrate
the achievements of the honored colleagues during the Friends’ staff
The Year In Review
The mission of the Friends of the ODU Library is to support the library
by volunteering, increasing visibility and understanding, and providing
financial resources. The Friends made significant contributions to supporting
the Old Dominion University Library in all these ways during the 2005/2006
To increase visibility, the following major programs were presented during
-- Perspectives on Banned Books: A Panel Discussion celebrated the freedom
to read and spoke in opposition to attempts to censor books. The program
was given during Banned Books Week at the end of September.
-- “The History of War and Other Histories,” a Fall Forum
lecture, was presented by Peter Paret, noted scholar in the contemporary
study of military history.
-- Lead-In to Terry Waite’s speech (part of the President’s
Lecture Series) was a Friends-of-the-Library sponsored panel discussion
related to Waite’s topic, “Iraq, Guantanamo, and Human Rights.”
Panelists were ODU faculty experts.
-- Annual Author Dinner in late March featured a presentation by Paul
Rasor, Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia
Wesleyan College. His recent book, Faith Without Certainty: Liberal
Theology in the 21st Century provided the point of departure for
Friends provided direct service to the library and to all members of
the Friends during the year.
-- A workshop on preserving personal collections of books, photographs,
documents and audio-visual materials was offered to Friends members in
July. It was given by the preservation expert from the library’s
-- Friends memorabilia such as tee shirts, sweat shirts, tote bags, and
travel mugs, all embellished with the Friends of the Library logo, were
sold during all Friends events.
-- Book sale assistance was given to the library’s staff association,
which manages the annual book sale.
-- A reception in the Diehn Composers Room was given to celebrate the
opening of an exhibit of materials drawn from the recent gift of the papers
and manuscripts of Adolphus Hailstork.
-- Individual Friends volunteers took the opportunity to get a glimpse
behind the scenes in the library and to make an important contribution
to its growth by working as volunteers in the Library’s Special
-- The staff appreciation reception is given by the Friends each May to
recognize the library staff’s committed service to users.
Friends of the Library fund-raising programs gave valuable support to
the library’s services and acquisitions programs. Among the major
purchases underwritten by the Friends was the JSTOR Arts and Sciences
Collection. It is a retrospective, full-text database that includes many
core research journals in key fields in the humanities and social sciences,
journals that the library has not held until now. The Friends of the Library
also contributed to the library staff scholarship fund, a source of support
for library staff pursuing Masters in Library Science.
Membership dues supply the primary source of financial support from the
Friends, but the Friends organization has another long-standing fundraising
event: Baskets for Books. This annual basketball game was played last
December against the DePaul Blue Demons. The Friends benefited from selling
290 tickets. In addition, there was a half-time free-throw contest, for
which the Friends “earned” $25 for each basket made by either
The Friends of the Old Dominion University Library exists to support
the development of a research library for the university and the community.
During this very successful year, the major Friends programs have provided
essential support for the library’s development. As the Friends
of the Library continues to grow and develop, a research library for the
university and the community can happen with continued help from all the
Friends Merchandise Now Featured on Web Page
Friends of the Library Web page now features a display of the complete
range of FoL merchandise. Now you can view a photo of each item before
selecting that next birthday or graduation gift.
Check it out at
HONOR ROLL OF DONORS
July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
Life Members, Friends of the Library (One-time $1,000
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. Roger Frost
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 Treherne
University Librarian’s Circle ($1,000)
President and Mrs. James V. Koch
Fellow ($500 - $999)
Sponsor ($200 - $499)
Franklin Ross Jones
Sustaining ($100 – $199)
Jane and David Hager
Carole P. Hines
Duane and Randy Lougee
Robert and Aleene Rose
Basic Individual and Family Memberships in Friends of the Old Dominion
University Library are held by 192 additional library friends and supporters.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWSLETTER is produced by the Publicity Committee
of the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library; members are:
Jean A. Major, Chair