November 14: SAVE THE DATE!
The annual Fall Forum sponsored by the Friends of the Library will feature a lecture by Rene Perez-Lopez about the evolving Cuban situation. The lecture is titled, “Post-Castro Cuba: are we there yet?”
Mr. Perez-Lopez was born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1945 and migrated to the USA in 1961. He is the editor of Cuban Studies, Volumes 22-27. His present work includes teaching courses in Latin American politics and other political science courses at Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.
A reception for members and their guests will be held at 6 p.m. in Library room 151. The lecture will be held in room 101, Mills Goldwin, at 7 p.m.
Support the ODU Literary Festival, October 16 – 20.
COMING SOON: Annual Library Book Sale
The book sale managed by the Library Staff Organization, with help from members of the Friends of the Library, will be held on November 1st – 4th in room 151 of Perry Library. Friends members are offered the opportunity to preview and shop the sale on the evening before the sale opens to the public, October 31, from 5-8 p.m. Show a Friends of the Library membership card for early admission to the sale.
Members wishing to donate books to the sale may drop them off at the circulation desk of the Perry Library in advance of the sale dates.
SPOTLIGHT ON: Stuart Frazer
Stuart Frazer serves as Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian for the University Libraries. The newsletter explored his work directing interlibrary loan services in this interview.
Newsletter: How does interlibrary loan service advance the mission of the university?
Newsletter: What is your personal approach to satisfying these needs?
Newsletter: How do the current advances in library service contribute to your ability to serve researchers?
Newsletter: Are there any obstacles to providing the kind of service you would like to offer?
Newsletter: What in your background and experiences prepared you for this work?
Newsletter: What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Volunteer Opportunity in the Library
Are you looking to help with a fun project? The library's Digital Services is in need of people to help transcribe recorded interviews. The most recent recordings have been of members of the Virginia Symphony League. The transcription machine is easy to use and the transcriptions are typed into a Microsoft Word format document. If you enjoy listening to what interesting and "famous" people in the Hampton Roads' community have to say and you can type, we need your help. For further information about this project e-mail Karen Vaughan, Digital Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 683-4184.
Joe Jackson Up for Writing Award
A World on Fire: A Heretic, an Aristocrat, and the Race to Discover Oxygen, a book by Friends board member Joe Jackson, is in contention for the Annual Library of Virginia Literary Award for non-fiction. Winners are to be announced at a gala on October 21 at the Library of Virginia.
Friends of the ODU Library will hold a members-only reception in Perry Library before the Fall Forum featuring Rene Perez-Lopez on November 14.
To receive an invitation, non-members may join now. Just complete and submit the membership form printed at the end of this newsletter.
Friends Host Jules Verne Society
During Memorial Day weekend last spring, the Friends of the Library hosted the annual conference of the North American Jules Verne Society in Perry Library. The conference brought not only Jules Verne experts from around the world to discuss Verne’s works, but also scholars from a wide variety of other fields and disciplines. Keynote speaker Frederic Castel of the European Space Agency spoke about the ATV Jules Verne Spaceship. He was followed by two NASA experts discussing the relevance of Verne’s work in relation to NASA’s own research. Speakers such as Clark Lee Merriam from the Cousteau Society (USA) and Captain Christian Canova of the French Navy further contributed to the inter-disciplinary nature of the two day symposium. The first day’s events culminated in “A Pluri-Disciplinary Approach to The Mysterious Island” as ODU President Roseann Runte, Provost Tom Isenhour and Professor Lytton Musselman, Chair of Biological Sciences, approached the novel from their own areas of expertise: Literature, Chemistry, and Biology. The first day’s events were capped off by a delightful cocktail reception sponsored by the Friends.
Holiday Gifts for Bibliophiles
Some lovely items are available in the library for holiday gift giving, and all are embellished with the Friends of the Library logo, an exceptionally handsome lion. The inventory includes tee shirts ($10), sweat shirts ($15), tote bags ($10), and travel mugs ($5). See Fern McDougal in the library’s administrative office now to purchase these handsome gifts for bibliophiles.