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ODU Appoints New Head of Reference Services at University Library

Lori Ostapowicz Critz has accepted the position of head of reference and research services at the Old Dominion University Libraries, effective July 10.

She comes to ODU from the Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center, where she was assistant department head of information services.

At ODU, Ostapowicz Critz will oversee the library's reference department, working in concert with faculty from all six colleges.

Ostapowicz Critz earned her master's degree in library sciences from the University of Rhode Island. She also has a 5th-year diploma in teacher education from San Diego State University, a master's from the University of West Florida, and a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In other library news, two employees were recognized recently for their contributions in the past year.

Marissa Jimenez, a library specialist I in reference and research services, was named Staff Member of the Year.

Jimenez has been at ODU since 2005, after working as a teacher in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems. She holds a B.A. from ODU and is working on her master's degree.

Morel Fry, administrative services librarian, was named Librarian of the Year.

Fry, who has her master's degree in library science from the University of Denver, has been with the ODU Libraries since 1986.

Finally, the Diehn Composers Room of the ODU Libraries presents "From Pen to Page to Stage: Scoring for Suspense: Music for the Movies," an exhibit in support of the fifth annual John Duffy Composers' Institute and held in conjunction with the Virginia Arts Festival.

The exhibit will be available for public viewing in the Diehn Composers Room, 189 Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, from May 18 through Nov. 3. The Diehn Composers Room is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The exhibit focuses on select early horror film scores and the composers that made the genre what it is today - with their innovative use of instruments, instrumentation, and corresponding motifs and visual cues.

These composers were able to create an astounding emotional response to their music and the images on screen, by being unafraid to take risks.

Highlighted in the exhibit are John Williams' memorable "Jaws" theme; John Carpenter, the mind behind the chilling Mike Meyers theme in "Halloween"; and classics such as Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho," "Vertigo," "Citizen Kane" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

The exhibit also showcases John Duffy, Charles Wuorinen, Libby Larson, Alan Johnson, Rhoda Levine, and Patrick Mason, the master composers and faculty of the 2009 John Duffy Composers Institute, and their respective works.

Funding for this exhibit is provided by a grant from The Norfolk Foundation.

For more information call Jessica Mirasol, librarian archivist for music collections, at 757-683-4175.

This article was posted on: May 11, 2009

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