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Garavaglia, '80, Named Director of
Law Library

by Katie Vloet

Barbara H. Garavaglia, '80, has been named the new director of the Law Library at U-M, succeeding Margaret Leary, who retired earlier this year after serving as director since 1984.

Prior to this appointment, Garavaglia was the assistant director of the Law Library, where she focused on building and maintaining an enduring infrastructure to support faculty research, including the continuing development of the Law Library collection in support of the work of the faculty, students, and researchers from around the world who come to Michigan as visiting scholars.

"Becoming director of this great law library is both an honor and a privilege. I am excited and energized at the prospect of leading the Law Library, building on its tradition of excellence in support of scholarship and legal education, and embarking on new initiatives to take advantage of continuing developments in legal publishing, research, and education," Garavaglia said.

Garavaglia was the head of the reference department in the Michigan Law Library from 1988 to 2007, and before that, the assistant state law librarian at the Library of Michigan and a research attorney for a commercial legal research firm. From 1989 to 1994, she was an adjunct professor at the Law School, teaching "Doing Research in American Law" to LLM students. In addition to her JD from Michigan Law, Garavaglia earned her MLS from the U-M School of Library Science (now the School of Information).

"Barb was chosen over two other finalists who received outstanding ratings from persons we respect, including some of our own faculty members. While Barb definitely got no 'home team' call, she comes with the nice bonus of being able to hit the ground running as someone who knows our Law Library inside out. She should be a superlative director," said Theodore J. St. Antoine, '54, Degan Professor Emeritus of Law, who headed the search committee.

Her professional roles include service on many boards and committees, including serving as a member of the board of directors and secretary of the International Association of Law Libraries.


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