Jessica Ugstad

Collections Management Librarian


M.A. Human Rights Practice, The University of Arizona (expected Spring 2022)

2016, M.A. Library and Information Science, The University of Arizona

2013, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Technical Communication and Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University


Jessica Ugstad joined the Daniel F. Cracchilolo Law Library in July 2018. She holds a M.A. in Library and Information Science as well as a Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies from the University of Arizona. She also has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Technical Communications and Women and Gender Studies. Prior to working at the Law Library, she worked for the Western Archeological and Conservation Center, National Park Service, under a cooperative agreement with the University of Arizona, as a Project Archivist. She processed and archived National Park unit records including Montezuma National Park, Padre Island National Seashore, and the Spanish Colonial Research Center. She also worked as a Project Team Member digitizing Little Bighorn National Monument Administration Photograph Collection, Park Historical Structures and Cultural Landscapes Digitization Project, and the Elizabeth Bacon Custer Collection Digitization Project.

While attending the University of Arizona she was a Graduate Assistant/Cataloging for the University of Arizona, Main Library, cataloging U.S. government agency technical reports for the Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL) project and a Graduate Research Assistant for the School of Behavioral Sciences Technical Services (SBS Tech) conducting a campus wide survey on classroom technology. She also interned at Satori Schools establishing two small elementary and middle school libraries and volunteered at Sunnyside High School digitizing a historical correspondence collection.

Jessica’s goals are to provide and improve access to existing library, archive, and special collection resources and to apply the ‘’Archivist as Activist’’ perspective to the collection and organization of and accessibility to resources from underrepresented communities and topics.

Jessica is currently enrolled in the Human Rights Practice Master's Program with the intention of integrating her education as a human rights practitioner into her work promoting antiracism and social justice at the Law Library through collection management and academic scholarship.


Law Libraries Answering the Call: Building Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Resources 26 (6) AALL Spectrum 16 (2021)