David B. Lowe
University of Connecticut
Homer Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Way Unit 1005
Storrs, CT 06269-1005
David is responsible for 1:1 consultations as well as group instruction related to campus research data management when long-term access is a priority. Projects' principal investigators from any discipline are encouraged to contact him at any stage in the data lifecycle to confer about their needs, from Data Management Plan formulation at the grant-writing stage to later phases, such as when static data sets are ready to be archived—but the earlier, the better.
Contact David for assistance with writing Data Management Plans as critical components of your grant proposals. Small group or classroom instruction settings are also offered periodically as part of the Libraries' ongoing workshops.
David's professional credentials in the library realm are solidly founded in preservation, which he formally studied at the University of Michigan's School of Information. After an internship in Preservation Administration at the University of Michigan Libraries, he served as Special Projects Coordinator in the Preservation Division of the Columbia University Libraries for eight years. Arriving at UConn in 2005, David has previously served as our Preservation Librarian, overseeing our large-scale digitization efforts. All of these experiences inform the discreet steps in the full data lifecycle, with ongoing access to the content as the ultimate goal, to perpetuate the human record.
As an undergraduate at Rice University, David learned early in his academic career of the need to navigate the two academic worlds of science and engineering (there called "S&Es") vs. humanities (there called "academs"), with C.P. Snow's The Two Cultures as required reading in Physics for non-majors there at the time. ("It is dangerous to have two cultures which can't or don't communicate.") Cross-cultural communication is a particular passion for David, all the more as digital media bring us all in closer contact. Prior to embarking on a career path in libraries, he completed a double major in English and Russian at Rice and then a Masters in Russian Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.