Faces of UMSI: Devan Donaldson

“I don’t know of any other school in the U.S. that has as many faculty as Michigan does in the field of digital preservation and archival management – we have tremendous expertise here," says UMSI PhD student Devan Donaldson. “This is the perfect environment for me to learn and conduct my research. I feel completely supported here – personally, professionally, financially.”

Following his undergraduate degree in history from the College of William and Mary and a master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Devan is pursuing doctoral studies in digital preservation and archive management. His first research project investigated the decision-making processes that developers undergo when deciding what metadata to include in trusted digital repositories.

A Rackham Merit Fellow, Gates Millennium Scholar, and Academic Chair of the Rackham Students of Color (SCOR), Devan still finds time outside of studies to advise minority undergraduates interested in pursuing higher degrees. In 2012, he became the first UMSI student ever inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in doctoral education.

His areas of research interest include digital curation and preservation and preservation repositories/management.

Advisory committee: Paul Conway, chair; Soo Young Rieh; Elizabeth Yakel