Sara Sampson

Assistant Dean for Information Services & Communications, Director of Law Library, and Senior Lecturer
Contact Information:

(614) 292-2964 274B Drinko Hall


Curriculum Vitae Publications


MLIS, Kent State University

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

B.S., The Ohio State University


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

Sampson writes and presents on topics related to legal research and writing and library management. She has coordinated teaching workshops for law librarians and regularly speaks at library conferences. Her most recent publications, both co-authored, include an update of the introductory text to Ohio Legal Research, and an article on developing financial literacy in library staff.

Sampson is active in a number of law library and law associations. Currently she chairs the Law Library Publications Award Jury for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and is the chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information. Sampson has served on the boards of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, the Law Libraries Society of the District of Columbia, and the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of AALL. She currently serves on the executive board of the Society of Academic Law Library Directors.

She has also worked at the law libraries and taught law classes at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). At Georgetown, Sampson was the head of reference and an adjunct professor teaching legal research skills for practice, advanced legal research, and introduction to scholarly note writing. At UNC, she served as deputy director of the law library and as a clinical assistant professor of law teaching advanced legal research courses.

Sampson has worked for all three branches of the Ohio government. During law school, she spent a summer working at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and a year working at the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s legal department. Before becoming a librarian, she spent five years as a judicial law clerk at the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals.

Sampson is a member of the Ohio Bar and Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society.