Director, Professor of Law Librarianship
B.A., 1988, University of Texas at Austin; J.D., 1997, University of Illinois; M.S., 2001, University of Illinois
Michelle Rigual joined the UNM law library faculty in 2003 and worked her way through every facet of library operations, holding the positions of Reference Librarian; Co-Interim Director; Head of Technical Services; Assistant Director for Technical Services, Electronic Resources, and Collections; and Associate Director. In 2013, after three years as Library Director and Associate Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan University, Rigual returned to the UNM Law Library to serve as Acting Director.
Rigual oversees and guides library operations, including public and technical services, electronic resources management, circulation, bibliographic control, and collection maintenance functions. She also engages in budgeting and long range planning for law library programs, resources, space and staffing; sets service and procedural standards, develops and implements policies, and provides training and assessment for student employees, staff, and tenured and tenure-track faculty engaged in librarianship, teaching, scholarship, and service activities.
Rigual has taught numerous legal research courses, including Texas Legal Research Practicum, Legal Research for Small and Solo Practitioners, Advanced Legal Research, Legal Research I and II, and Critical Thinking. Her scholarship is related to her managerial and teaching role in law libraries and she has developed a scholarship agenda that seeks to move law libraries toward new and innovative practices in order to adapt to the changing environment of legal education and legal information resources. She is an extremely active member of both the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL). Her participation in these professional organizations has included holding several elected offices, including President of both SWALL and the AALL Latino Caucus.
Before turning to law librarianship she worked in the area of environmental policy and regulatory enforcement for the Army Corps of Engineers. She came to the UNM Law Library after holding positions at the Capital University and Arizona State University law libraries.