Dr. Margaret Sampson
Affiliate Investigator

Current Positions

  • Manager of Library Services, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • Manager of Media House, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Previous Positions

  • Senior Information Specialist, Chalmers Research Group, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Deputy Director, Chalmers Research Group, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • Reference Librarian, Industry Canada Library
  • Information Consulting, Xist Inc.
  • Business Research Analyst, T-Base Research & Development Inc.
  • Coordinator, Neuropsychology Service, Royal Ottawa Hospital
  • Psychometrist, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program, Royal Ottawa Hospital


  • Ph.D. Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK, 2009
  • Masters of Library and Information Science, University of Western Ontario, 1997
  • B.A. Hon., Sociology, Criminology and Corrections, Carleton University, Ottawa, 1984

Research, Professional and Scholarly Focus and Service

  • Academy of Health Information Professionals – Senior Member
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute -Investigator
  • Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group – Affiliate Investigator
  • Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group
  • CENT – CONSORT Extension for N-of-1 Trials reporting guidelines – steering committee
  • SCRIBE Single-Case Reporting guidelines In Behavioural Interventions – steering committee
  • PRESS – Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies Guideline – steering committee
  • PRISMA Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses expert panel member
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • One Boy One Van Foundation

Brief Bio

Margaret Sampson is the medical librarian at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Her specialty is information retrieval for systematic reviews. Her research has focused on improving search quality and efficiency. She is co-developer of the PRESS standard for peer review of important electronic searches. Margaret graduated from the University of Western Ontario with her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 1997, and in 2009 she completed her PhD through the University of Wales. She has over 80 peer reviewed publications and in 2010 was awarded the “Hospital Librarian of the Year” award by the Canadian Health Library Association.

Outside of work Margaret enjoys engaging in outdoor activities including cycling, cross-country skiing and motorcycling. She is a retired national team archer who still shoots recreationally.