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On April 20, 2022, the SAASC welcomed Alex Soto (Tohono O’odham), Director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University (ASU) Library. Under his leadership, the Labriola Center has implemented culturally informed library research support services and Indigenized ASU’s community-driven archives initiative for tribal communities. Alex’s journey to librarianship comes after years of success as a touring hip-hop musician/educator and activist. During graduate school, Alex realized the importance of information literacy within tribal communities and the role of reparative archives in strengthening Indigenous sovereignty. Recently, Alex co-authored ASU Library’s first land acknowledgment statement. Alex believes Indigenous librarianship synthesizes his creative, cultural, and professional backgrounds as well as his commitment to Indigenous self-determination.
SJSU SAASC, iSchool, student groups, Labriola National American Indian Data Center, Arizona State University, tribal communities, information literacy, Indigenous sovereignty, Society of American Archivists
Archival Science | Library and Information Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Soto, Alexander, "SAASC Presents: Alexander Soto (Tohono O’odham), Director Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU" (2022). Event Archive. 39.