Acting as intermediaries between academia and Indigenous communities, Indigenous library staff serve as a bridge between Western and Indigenous epistemologies. They help Indigenous learners connect “book smarts'' with Indigenous ways of knowing. As exemplified by the Arizona State University (ASU) Library’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center, library centers and programs led by Indigenous staff make libraries and archives more accessible to Indigenous populations. In this presentation, Labriola Director Alex Soto (Tohono O’odham) and Labriola student librarians/archivists Lourdes Pereira (Hia-Ced O’odham/Yoeme) and Elizabeth Quiroga (Tohono O’odham) will share how culturally-informed library/archive services can support retention, academic success, community engagement, and creative outlets for Indigenous college students. Presenters will detail how Indigenous librarianship empowers Indigenous Peoples in the pursuit of survivance through support of individual research and scholarship, and collective cultural expression, memory-keeping, and community learning.
Alex Soto, Lourdes Pereira, and Elizabeth Quiroga