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David Wallace

Clinical Associate Professor of Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/763-3997
Office: School of Information/3438 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: No Stories for Hope - Rwanda News About David Wallace


I am a Clinical Associate Professor and have been a full-time graduate level educator since 1997. I have published and presented in a wide range of professional forums, examining: recordkeeping and accountability; archiving and the shaping of the present and the past; archival social justice; freedom of information; government secrecy; professional ethics; electronic records management; and graduate archival education. I am: lead editor and contributor to Archives, Recordkeeping & Social Justice (2020); editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on “Archives and the Ethics of Memory Construction” (2011); co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (2002), and served as the series technical editor for twelve volumes of the National Security Archive's The Making of U.S. Policy series (1989-1992). I have consulted widely, including substantial associations with the South African History Archive’s Freedom of Information Programme, The Kresge Foundation, and Stories For Hope, an intergenerational storytelling NGO in Rwanda. Between 2015 – 2020 I was responsible faculty for UMSI's Global Information Engagement Program in Cape Town, South Africa.


Areas of interest

The politics of recordmaking & recordkeeping and how they help shape and misshape the construction of the past and the present

Social justice and archives

Online music archives

Honors & Awards

Award for Excellence in Instruction, School of Information, University of Michigan (2014-2015)

Britt Literary Award, ARMA International (2001)


Ph.D., Library Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1997)

M.L.S., School of Information Science and Policy, State University of New York at Albany (1987)

B.A., Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton (1984)

News about David Wallace

Stephanie Vettese, Clayton Zimmerman and Ziyan Zhou stand in front of the brick exterior of the Bentley, which reads "Bentley Historical Library"
UMSI students design a makeover for the university's archives

A team of master’s students at UMSI combined their expertise in archives and user-centered design to reimagine public spaces at the Bentley Historical Library, making them more welcoming to newcomers. 

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Community college students Deisy Magana and Yessenia Satana Perez take a selfie while eating dinner at the Mosher-Jordan Dining Hall during the UMSI Community College Summer Institute program on Monday, June 6, 2022.
UMSI summer sessions introduce students to information science

University of Michigan School of Information outreach programs help potential UMSI students see themselves as future information scholars.

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