Sara Sampson

Assistant Dean for Information Services; Director of Law Library; Senior Lecturer
Contact Information:

(614) 292-2964 274B Drinko Hall


MLIS, Kent State University

J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

B.S., The Ohio State University


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Professor Sara Sampson is the assistant dean for information services, the law library director, and a senior lecturer. She manages all aspects of information technology and the library for the College of Law.

Before returning to Ohio State, she was the deputy director of the law library and served as a clinical assistant professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she also taught advanced legal research. Before that, Sampson worked at Georgetown University as the head of reference and an adjunct professor. While at Georgetown, she taught legal research skills for practice, advanced legal research, and introduction to scholarly note writing.

Sampson began her full-time library career at Ohio State where she was a reference librarian and adjunct legal writing professor. She taught legal research, appellate advocacy, and legal writing and analysis.

Sampson writes and presents on topics related to legal research and writing. Her most recent publications, both co-authored, include an update of an introductory text to North Carolina Legal Research, and an overview of the benefits and issues of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with particular attention to law schools and law library support for MOOCs offered in the law school environment.

While in law school, Sampson worked at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Franklin County Public Defender, and the Columbus City Attorney’s mediation program, and was an extern for Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. Before becoming a librarian, she spent five years as a judicial law clerk at the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Ohio Bar and Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society.