Alex Soto (Tohono O’odham) is director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University (ASU) Library. He is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, aligning its vision with the academic, scholarly, and artistic needs and interests of ASU’s American Indian programs, faculty, and students, as well as of tribal communities in Arizona. 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 acknowledgement statement. Alex believes Indigenous librarianship synthesizes his creative, cultural, and professional backgrounds as well as his commitment to Indigenous self-determination.
Masters of Arts in Library & Information Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2020
Bachelors of Science in American Indian Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2019