Assistant Professor / Reference Librarian

A.B., Mount Holyoke College; M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina;
M.A.L.S., SUNY Stony Brook


Russo, D. (2003, April 24). Dowling Loses Two Faculty Members. Lionís Voice, p. 1. (DCL Archives)

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The following information was re-created from the web page the Library originally posted on October 7, 2003.

Francie Davis
Assistant Professor / Reference Librarian


The Library Department mourns the sudden death of Francie Davis on March 14, 2003. Francie had just begun a six-month sabbatical. She and her husband, Jim Davis, were joyously chauffeuring their daughter Amanda by private plane on a book tour in celebration of Mandy’s first novel, I Wonder When You’ll Miss Me. The three perished in a plane crash in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Francie joined the Dowling Library Faculty in September 1995 as Electronic Resources Librarian and Library Webmaster. She served as Departmental Coordinator for four years between 1997–2001. During her eight years in the Library, Francie was instrumental in revolutionizing Dowling Community access to electronic resources by making them accessible on-line remotely. She had just completed spearheading the redesign of the Library Web Page.

Francie was energetically involved in many aspects of Dowling College, including serving on the Faculty Curriculum Committee, Faculty Senate, Middle States Self-Study Committee on Campuswide Planning, Middle States Steering Committee, Campus Operations Committee as well as being an endearing blood drop in our last campus blood drive.

Francie was extremely active in regional library professional organizations serving as chair of the LILRC (Long Island Library Resources Council) Annual Conference Committee, Co-President of ACRL/NY, and Co-Chair of ACRL/NY Symposium Committee.

Francie’s vibrant personality, professional tenacity and irreverent humor will be missed by all. In her honor, the library has established the Francie Davis Memorial Scholarship.

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James Davis

Amanda Davis


Davis, F.C. (2003). Strategies for successful hiring: Common sense interviewing techniques. Learning to Make a Difference: Proceedings of the ACRL 11th National Conference. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Davis, F.C., & Gotsch, J.R. (1998, June). Disprove old library perceptions through technology training. Marketing Library Services, 12(4) 4–5.


Dynamic Database-Driven Web Sites: Planning, Praise, and Pitfalls. Presented at Computers in Libraries 2002. PPT

Calling the Shots: Examination of a Self-managed Team in an Academic Library. Presented at ACRL’s 10th National Conference, Crossing the Divide in 2001.

On the Road with Senior Internet Training. Poster session given with Diane Holliday at the ALA Annual Conference in 2000.

Successful Web Page Design: Neither Accident nor Frill. Presented at Computers in Libraries 2000.

Gateway to Your Library: Seamless Development of Your Homepage. Presented at the Long Island Library Conference in 1999.

Seamless Success Story: the Integration of Dowling College’s Web Page with WebPac and Web Access Management. Presented at the Innovative Users Group Annual Meeting in 1999 with Kat Ryner and Priscilla Powers.

Expansion of Electronic Resources: Superhighway to Campus Visibility. Presented at ACRL’s 9th National Conference, Racing Toward Tomorrow in 1999.

Management by Peers or Who’s in Charge Here. Presented at the ALA Annual Conference in 1998 with Su Terry.

Lessons Learned: An Academic Library’s Conversion from DOS and CD-ROM to Windows 95 and Online Access to Databases. Presented at IRMA in 1998 with Joyce Gotsch and Kim Troboy.

Finally! Online Access to Databases: a Tale of Woe, Wonder, Wizards and Witches. Presented at Computers in Libraries 1998.

The Essential Information Specialist or Let’s Prove Those Turkeys Wrong. Presented at Computers in Libraries 1998 with Joyce Gotsch.

Academic Credentials

M.A./L.S Management and Technology, SUNY Stony Brook
M.S.L.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A.B., History, Mount Holyoke College

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