Library Hours: Jan 12 - May 4: 8am - Midnight

Xiaomeng "Alex" Zhang

Reference Librarian

S-134 Legal Research
Phone: 734-764-6151
Fax: 734-764-5863

Xiaomeng "Alex" Zhang joined the University of Michigan Law Library in 2009. She received a B.A. in Philosophy and a Chinese Law Certificate from Nanjing University, China and a M.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University. She attended the University of Kansas Law School earning her J.D. with a certificate in International Trade and Finance Law in 2006. She received an M.S.I. from the University of Michigan, School of Information in 2009.

As a Reference Librarian and the Supervisor of the Reference Desk, Alex monitors and supervises daily reference desk transactions. She provides reference, research and bibliographic instruction services in all areas of law and for all jurisdictions. She creates and updates research guides and other training materials for law students, students on law journals and research scholars. She also co-teaches an Advanced Legal Research class. As a Foreign and Comparative Law Librarian, she selects and reviews both print and electronic legal materials in the area. She chairs the Law Library’s Approval Plan Committee and actively participates in the Collection Development Committee, Management Advisory Group and Legal Preservation Committee.

Over the years, Alex has developed strong research interests in the following areas: Access to legal information, Law librarianship in the digital and global era, Legal research methods and methodology, and Chinese Law and Research.

Click to view the Research Guides Alex has created for the Law Library.



  • Moderator, Continuing Education for Law Librarians, Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries and AALL-WestPac Joint Conference, Honolulu, October 2015
  • Presenter, Searching for Metanoia in Law Librarianship, The Seventh Annual Boulder Conference on Legal Information, Philadelphia, July 2015
  • Panelist, Chinese Legal Information: Availability, Accessibility and Quality Control, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Philadelphia, July 2015
  • Presenter, Mixed and Mixing: China's Government Information Reform in Post-WTO Era, Pre-Conference Scholarship Forum, Global Legal Skills Conference, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, May 2015
  • Presenter, Forms and Limits of English Translations of Primary Laws in China, Global Skills Conference, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, May 2015
  • Moderator, Fundamentals Revisited, 2015 Young Scholars' Conference, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, March 2015
  • Presenter, New Trends in Law Library Services, China-US Legal Information Forum, Shanghai, China, June 2013
  • Presenter, Michigan Law Collection: The Philippines, Post Conference to the International Conference on the Philippines, Ann Arbor, October 2012
  • Panelist, Issues and Trends of Asian Law Collection Development in Academic Law Libraries, American Association for Law Libraries Asian Law Special Interest Group, Boston, July 2012


  • Translator, "迈向精通: 谈判教育中的形-意-卦" ("Moving Towards Mastery: 形-意-卦 in Negotiation Education"), by Joel Lee, Stephanie Mitchell & Kenneth H. Fox, Tan Pan: The Chinese-English Journal in Negotiation (Forthcoming, 2015)
  • Translator, "古代智慧:当东西方交汇" ("Ancient Wisdom: When West Meets East"), by Kenneth H. Fox, Joel Lee, Stephanie Mitchell, & Vasudha Sirnivasan, Tan Pan: The Chinese-English Journal in Negotiation (Forthcoming, 2015)
  • Translator, "中国法律图书馆业:挑战与机遇" ("Law Librarianship in China: Challenges and Opportunities"), by Kara Philips, Wei Luo & Joan Liu, 《北大法律信息网文粹》 235-41 (Beijing University Press, 2014)
  • Translation Corrector, "中国过于宽泛的内幕交易执法制度——法定授权和机构实践/China's Over-Broad Insider Trading Enforcement Regime-Statutory Authorization and Agency Practice" by Nicholas C. Howson, 2014 Shanghai Jiaotong University Law Review 71 (2014)


  • State Bar of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • International Association of Law Libraries
  • American Association of Law Libraries
    • Member at Large, Animal Law Caucus (2015-2016)
    • Chair, Asian American Law Librarians Caucus (2015-)
    • Jury Member​, Emerging Leaders Award (2015-)
    • FCIL-SIS Strategic Planning Committee (2014-2015)
    • AALL Price Index to Legal Publications Committee (2014-2015)
    • AALL Research and Publication Committee (2012-2014)
    • FCIL-SIS Nomination Committee (2012-2013)
  • Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries
    • Co-Chair, Translation and Publications Committee (2015-2016)
    • Membership and Public Relations Committee (2015-2016)
    • Executive Board Member (2015-)
  • University of Michigan Faculty Communications Advisory Committee Member (2013-)
  • Peer Review Board Member, Reference Reviews (2014-)
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