Sampson elected as vice president of American Indian Library Association

August 20, 2013
Zora Sampson

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Zora J. Sampson, director of Karrmann Library, the Southwest Wisconsin Room and the University Archives has been elected to serve as vice president/president elect of the American Indian Library Association. This national office brings with it a three-year commitment. She will serve on the AILA executive board as vice president for 2013-14, president for 2014-15 and as immediate past president for 2015-16.

An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a member of the American Library Association — where she also holds national office as ALA councilor on the governing body of ALA — Sampson has served to promote diversity at every level of her profession.  She was asked by ALA to serve as an advocate for Native Americans on the ALA Diversity Council from 2010-12, and on the ALA Committee on Rural, Tribal and Small Libraries of All Kinds, 2007-09.  That work resulted in the publication of “TRAILS: Tribal Library Procedures Manual.” The revised manual was published by ALA and posted as a free digital edition listing Sampson as a co-editor.

She served as a field reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services for Native American Enhancement Grants from 2006-12, recommending federal grant funding. She served on the planning committee and represented UW-Platteville at the second Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Kansas City, Mo., in 2012.

In 1997, she presented at the annual conference for ALA in San Francisco, Calif., on the roles of women and minorities. Her presentation was based on a chapter she authored in the book “In Our Own Voices: the Changing Face of Librarianship,” published by Scarecrow Press in 1996. In 1999, her article “The Role of Civility in Diverse Relations” (co-published simultaneously in the Journal of Library Administration and in the book “Managing Multiculturalism and Diversity in the Library; principles and issues for administrators,” Haworth Press) argued for greater understanding.

Locally she has worked with Native American students at UW-Platteville, supporting the InterTribal Council, a Pioneer student organization, and she has worked with Platteville High School students studying native language. She published a review with UW-Platteville faculty member Garnet Wind of a new textbook on the Chickasaw language, “Let’s Speak Chickasaw: Chikashshanompa’ Kilanompoli,’” by Pamela Munro and Catherine Willmond.  The review was published in Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources and also in the American Indian Library Association Newsletter in summer 2011.

Contact: Zora J. Sampson, director, Karrmann Library, (608) 342-1688,

Formatted by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526,


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