Michele Thomas

Assistant Professor of Law Librarianship
Catalog/Reference Librarian
BA, 2002, Wright State University; MA, 2004, The Ohio State University; JD, 2007, University of Dayton School of Law; MLIS, 2009, University of Pittsburgh

Professor Thomas joined the UALR Law Library faculty as a visitor in 2010 and became a tenure-track Law Library faculty member in July 2011. She is an active member of the bars of Ohio and Arkansas, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL), and the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL).

Michele ThomasProfessor Thomas teaches legal research to first year students and serves as the Law Library’s Law Review Liaison, a role and program developed to enhance the relationship between the Law Library and the Law Review. This program provides a new means for the Law Review to access research support and maximize use of available Law Library services.

As the Catalog & Reference Librarian, Professor Thomas creates and builds access to the Law Library collection for all library patrons, including faculty, students, members of the Bench and Bar, and the general public. Guided by commitment to increasing accessibility to and usability of Law Library print and electronic resources, Professor Thomas is responsible for the Cataloging Department, including performing original cataloging and supervision of copy-cataloging for all new library materials. She also maintains the Arkansas Legal Index, an online resource for Arkansas legal publications, and participates in the reference desk rotation.

Professor Thomas serves as Associate Editor of Technical Services Law Librarian, the official, quarterly publication of the Technical Services and Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Sections of AALL. She is also an active member of the following Special Interest Sections within AALL: Academic Law Libraries (ALL), Research, Instruction, and Patron Services (RIPS), and Technical Services (TS). Additional professional service within the associations includes serving on the MAALL Bylaws Committee and the AALL Cataloging & Classification Standing Committee, drafting proposed bylaws for the AALL Animal Law Caucus, and participation in the AALL State Working Group for Ensuring Access to Electronic Legal Information.

Selected Presentations

  • “Government Internet Resources: Federal, State, and Local,” section in a National Business Institute CLE entitled, “Find It Fast and Free on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web,” May 24, 2012, Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • “Are All Things Created Equal?: An Objective and Analytical Content Comparison of Westlaw, Lexis, Loislaw, and Fastcase,” October 14, 2010, MAALL Annual Meeting, Iowa City, Iowa (with Professors Melissa Serfass and Kathryn Fitzhugh).

Selected Publications

  • “Book Review of No Undocumented Child Left Behind: Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren by Michael A. Olivas,” Law Library Journal (forthcoming 2013).
  • “Book Review of Merely Judgment: Ignoring, Evading, and Trumping the Supreme Court by Martin J. Sweet,” AALL Spectrum Blog, February 24, 2011.
  • “From the Other Side of the Desk: My Transition from Law Student to Working Person to Library Student to Working Academic Law Librarian,” The ALL-SIS Newsletter, Vol. 30, Issue 2 (Spring 2011).
  • “Overview and Impressions of ‘Catalogers Today: Skill Sets, Expectations, and Challenges,’” (AALL 2010 Annual Meeting program), Technical Services Law Librarian, Vol. 36, No. 1 (September 2010).
  • “A Descriptive Summary of ‘Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries,” LH&RB(Newsletter of the Legal History & Rare Books SIS of AALL), Vol. 15, No. 2 (Summer 2009). (with Mari Bales).

Phone: 501.324.9868