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Barbara Garavaglia


Biography & Contact Information

Barbara H. Garavaglia

Director & Librarian

S-180A Legal Research
Phone: 734-764-9338
Fax: 734-764-5863

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Barbara H. Garavaglia is the Director of the University of Michigan Law Library. She served as Assistant Director of the Law Library from 2007 to 2011, and the Head of the Reference Department from 1988 to 2007. She received a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980, and her M.L.S. from the University of Michigan School of Library Science in 1982. Prior to coming to the Law Library, Garavaglia served as the Assistant State Law Librarian at the Library of Michigan from 1983 to 1988, and she worked as a research attorney for a commercial legal research firm from 1981 to 1983.


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  • "Sources of Information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership." Mich. B.J. 95, no. 5 (2016): 44-6.
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  • "Hydraulic Fracturing: Sources of Law and Information." Mich. B.J. 92, no. 9 (2013): 58-9.
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  • "Collection Development Policies and Other Basic Tools for Building a Foreign and International Law Collection" at Globalex (2013).
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  • "Using Legislative Histories to Determine Legislative Intent in New Jersey,” Legal Reference Services Q. 30, no. 1-2 (2011): 71-84.
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  • Co-author, “A Research Agenda for International Law Librarianship.” In IALL International Handbook of Legal Information Management, edited by R. Danner and J. Winterton, 343-58. Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, 2011.
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  • "Sources of Presidential Papers and Documents on the Web." Mich. B.J. 86, no. 6 (2007): 44-7.
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  • "Michigan Family Law Research Resources: Review and Update." Mich. B.J. 85, no. 2 (2006): 42-3.
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  • "Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement: Sources of Information." Mich. B.J. 84, no. 12 (2005): 46-7.
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  • "Selected Michigan Probate Law Research Resources." Mich. B.J. 83, no. 12 (2004): 42-4.
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  • "Major Resources for the New Family Law Attorney." Mich. B.J. 83, no. 1 (2004): 52-3.
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  • International Association of Law Libraries (IALL)
    • Board of Directors 2007-2010
    • Secretary 2010-2013, 2013-2016
    • Vice President 2016-2019
  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
    • FCIL SIS
  • American Association of Law Schools (AALS)
    • Executive Committee, Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information 2015-2017
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL)