Staff Directory

Sherry Heitchew Lake

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Lake, Sherry Heitchew

Scholarly Repository Librarian

Scholarly Repository Services

shlake at


Alderman 563

Mailing Address:

University of Virginia Library
PO Box 400109
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4109

As Scholarly Repository Librarian, Sherry manages Libra's institutional repository public service and documentation for Open Access (OA), Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and Data. Sherry works across areas (units) to discover stakeholders inside and outside the Library, and to inform them about the proposed development of a local Dataverse repository. She participates in user design, documents user recommendations, and provides training for Library staff and users. She also assists researchers in archiving research data.

Outside the Library, Sherry was involved in the creation of the DMPTool, the online tool that helps institutions and researchers create data management plans. She continues to support the DMPTool by providing content and expertise on research funder requirements. Sherry also serves as an editor for DataQ, a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Sherry is a certified Software Carpentry instructor.

Sherry received her ALA-accredited MS in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before getting her Master’s degree, Sherry worked at George Mason University and the University of Virginia in their computer centers as a technical support representative and as a technical trainer. She has also worked in industry as a UNIX Technical Support Manager and a UNIX systems administrator. Sherry has a BS in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.