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Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor
Public Services Librarian
Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections

Michael Taylor is Public Services Librarian in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. In this role, he provides reference, instruction, outreach, and programming involving archival materials and rare books. He also serves as library liaison to the UNM Department of English Language & Literature.

Michael holds graduate degrees in history and library science from Indiana University, with a specialization in rare books and manuscripts librarianship. He has received additional training from Rare Book School (University of Virginia), California Rare Book School (UCLA), and the History of Books & Printing Workshop at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining UNM, he worked for eight years as the rare books curator at Louisiana State University, where he participated in many projects, including developing new collecting areas, identifying materials for digitization, and curating more than a dozen large exhibitions. From 2004 to 2007, Michael worked in public services and image reproductions at the Lilly Library at Indiana University.

Michael is a member of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries and has also participated in various historical associations. His current professional and research interests include library programming and instruction, the intersection of rare books and local history, and re-evaluating special collections for diversity-related content. 

Recent publications:

Taylor, Michael. “How Special Collections Exhibitions Pay Dividends for Your Library,” current project.

Taylor, Michael. “The Library of Thomas B. Catron and the Transformation of New Mexico,” forthcoming in Libraries: Culture, History, and Society.

Taylor, Michael, and Tara Laver. “Finding Women’s History in Archives and Special Collections: Basic to Advanced Ideas for Outreach and Instruction,” forthcoming in Carol Smallwood, ed., Gender Issues and the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017).

Taylor, Michael, and Jennifer Mitchell. “Google in Special Collections and Archives,” in Carol Smallwood, ed., The Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries, vol. 2 (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

Selected Blog Posts:

“Roswell's Other Aliens”
“Empress of the Air: An American Woman Takes to the Skies over China and Japan”
“Wheels West: The Early Days of Bicycling in New Mexico”
“A New World of Primary Sources”
“The Beginnings of Printing in Mexico”

My LibGuides:

History of Books and Printing
English Language & Literature
Literary Research with Primary Sources


Michael Taylor

Contact Information

Phone: (505) 277-8922
Office: Zimmerman Library 127E


English Language & Literature