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Friends of Drake Memorial Library: Overview

Information about this group which supports the work of our library.

Goals of the Friends of Drake Library


The Friends of Drake Library (FODL) is a group of individuals—staff, faculty, students, alumni, emeriti, and other friends of The College at Brockport and Drake Memorial Library.

FODL can best be described as committed volunteers, working together to enhance and expand the library experience for all patrons of Drake.

The library is the hub of the academic life of the College community, and the Drake’s Rose Archives is the repository, or keeper of the College’s memories. Many of these memories reach back to the earliest days of the College from its inception as the Baptist College, which then expanded into the Normal School, and ultimately transformed into what is today The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Throughout the history of the College, the library has played a vital role in facilitating student academic achievement. 

The library continues to be an integral component of the academic and cultural life of the College. FODL is committed to supporting the College’s mission of creating an environment which supports student success, and subscribes to the principle of continuous improvement in both the physical environment and services provided by the library.

Through setting goals and objectives, planning and launching events, and networking with the College and greater community, FODL’s focus is on enhancing the library of today while developing a framework that will help guide the emerging library of the future.

This Web page is part of an overarching communication network for sharing our message with our constituents—both at the College and well beyond our campus boarders.

Charlie Cowling, FODL Executive Committee member, librarian and archivist at The College at Brockport, serves as initial contact for this site. Charlie’s profile is at the right of this page. Please feel free to email, chat or phone him. with any questions about the group and its activities, or to learn more about becoming a Friend of Drake Library.

Executive Committee

The members are Charlie Cowling, Mary Jo Orzech, Jamie Beers-Wilson, Jill Campbell, Jennifer Hecker, Duncan Chase, Jennifer Kegler, Bruce Leslie, Fran Moroney-Whited, Marilyn Colby, Mary Jo Gigliotti, Joan Fenton, Ginny Campbell

Librarian for this guide:

Charlie Cowling
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Office: 585.395.5667 (Or stop by the archives, ground floor, library, by the copiers.)