Professor of Law Librarianship
Research Professor of Law
Office 3329 A
rigual [at] law.unm.edu
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 and management, holding the positions of Reference Librarian (2003-04); Co-Interim Director (2003-04); Head of Technical Services (2004-05); Assistant Director for Technical Services, Electronic Resources, and Collections (2006); and Associate Director (2006-09).
In 2013, after several years as Library Director and Associate Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan University, Professor Rigual was recruited back to UNM to serve as Acting Director of the Law Library. She has been the Director since 2015.
Professor Rigual primarily teaches Legal Research, but has also taught 1L Practicum and Critical Thinking. She is a frequent speaker on law library management and innovation. She is an active member of both the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) and has served as 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.
American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL)
UNMSOL Building & Safety Committee
UNMSOL Faculty Appointments Committee
Publications & Contributions
Academic & Professional Journals
OCLC: WorldCat Collection Analysis Service and the Desert States Law Library Consortium, 32 Technical Serv. Law Libr. 15 (2007).
Books & Book Chapters
Teaching a New Dog the Same Old Trick, in The law School Librarian's Role as an Educator: Leading Librarians on Adapting to New Technologies, Maximizing Research Skills, and Helping Students Transition from Law School to Law Firm (Aspatore Books, 2008).
The Internet Evolution, Savvy Research Strategies for Paralegals, Paralegal Education Seminar (2007).
Find it Free and Fast on the Net, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar (2007).
Find it Free and Fast on the Net, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar (2006).
WorldCat Collection Analysis Service and the Desert States Law Library, Desert States Law Library Consortium (2006).
DSpace: One School's Use of an Open Source Institutional Repository, Southwest Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (2006).