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Assistant Professor of Information Science

Contact Information
(812) 855-9723
Luddy Hall 2126
Office hours: By appointment


  • Ph.D. in Information at University of Michigan, 2015

Courses Taught at SICE

  • Z 505 Evaluation of Resources and Services
  • Z 550 Perspectives on Librarianship
  • Z 586 Digital Curation



Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson is an Assistant Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he directs specializations in digital curation and archives and records management. Donaldson is also Affiliated Faculty with the Data to Insight Center (D2I) at Indiana University. He is an internationally known digital curation researcher. His research interests include: digital repositories, data sharing practices, mass digitization, research data management, trust, security, and users’ perceptions of archives and archival content. His research has been funded by the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the United States Department of Energy.

He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 2005, he studied abroad at Oxford University, Hertford College.

He has been a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar (2002-2015), a Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellow (2008-2015), an Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member since 2012, and a Research Data Alliance (RDA) US Data Share Fellow (2015-2016). He currently serves as co-chair of the RDA Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG).

He serves on the Faculty Policy Committee for the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. He also serves on the Graduate Programs Committee, the ILS Colloquium Committee, and the Diversity Committee for the Department of Information and Library Science.

Research Areas