June 2020

Seonaid Valiant, Ph.D., MLIS, Curator for Latin American Studies, ASU Library.
The Latin Americana Collection at ASU Library draws on many collections in the open stacks and Distinctive Collections, including the Greater Arizona Collection, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the Chicano/a Research Collection.  My educational background in Latin American History and my experience as the Ayer Librarian for indigenous materials at the Newberry Library in Chicago prepared me for collaborating with faculty and students in... read more

Greater Arizona Collection Curator Renee James

Hello, my name is Renee D. James, and I am the curator for the Greater Arizona Collection. I hold an M.A. in History and a Certificate in Archival Management and Historical Editing from New York University as well as an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.

I am a transplanted New Yorker, or more specifically, a Long Islander. Prior to my tenure at ASU, the bulk of my professional career had been centered in New York City, where I served as the senior archivist for a private... read more

Hello, my name is Julie Tanaka, and I am the new Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for Distinctive Collections at ASU Library. I arrived in Tempe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic so I have yet to see the collections in person, but I am looking forward to discovering what they hold. Prior to coming to ASU, I was Curator of Special Collections and Western European History Librarian for Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Grounding my work with rare and unique materials are an MLIS from the University of Washington, a Certificate in... read more

Thank you for stopping by our blog! I am Claudia Willett, Project Archivist with Distinctive Collections at ASU Library. I hold an MLIS in Archives Management and an MA in History from Simmons University. Before coming to ASU in November 2018, I worked as a processing archivist at Boston University. My office is at Fletcher Library on ASU’s West campus where I am processing a large political papers collection. In addition to archival preservation and access work, I am passionate about engagement, outreach, and advocacy for archives and libraries. My firm belief is that it is not good... read more