NEA Big Read Partner 2021
About Alex Soto
Alex Soto (Tohono O’odham) is the curator/librarian for the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University (ASU) Library, an American Library Association Spectrum scholar, and an Association of Research Libraries Kaleidoscope scholar. In addition to providing culturally informed library support, he facilitates ASU’s community-driven archives initiative in 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, social justice, and community-building.