Shaun Esposito

Senior Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Collection Development, Professor of Practice


1991, M.S.L.S., Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies 
1981, J.D., University of Louisville School of Law (now Louis D. Brandeis School of Law) 
1978, B.A., History, graduated magna cum laude, Spalding University, Louisville KY


Shaun Esposito has been a member of the Kentucky Bar since 1981. Following a year as law clerk to Justice Marvin Sternberg of the Kentucky Supreme court, and a short stint as an appellate public defender in Louisville, he spent five years with the Louisville Legal Aid Society assisting clients in obtaining various government benefits. Mr. Esposito then spent three years as a Legal Writing and Research Instructor at Florida State University's College of Law. At Florida State, he earned a M.S. in Library and Information Studies. His work as a professional librarian started in 1991 at the University of Toledo's College of Law Library, where he was the Evening Public Services Librarian. From 1994 until November 1999, Mr. Esposito worked at the University of Kentucky's law library, where he was the Reference and Electronic Information Services Librarian. He came here to the Law Library in December 1999 as Head of Public Services. In this position, he coordinates the development of the library's collection, supervises and participates in the provision of reference service, and generally involves himself with all aspects of the library's interaction with the public. He also teaches Introduction to Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research each Fall and Spring semester. He is the advisor for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF).

Mr. Esposito has been active in the American Association of Law Libraries, having served on its Government Relations, Copyright, Vendor Relations, and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Committees. He is also a member of the Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Editorial Board and the author of two CALI legal research lessons as well as the author of revisions and updates of ten forthcoming CALI lessons.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, walking MudFlap, his family’s Bloodhound puppy, and taking classes at The Dojang.


  • Commentaries on Hicks’ ‘Teaching Legal Bibliography’: With an Addendum by Robert Berring, 28 Legal Reference Services Q. 9 (2009) (co-author, with Michael Chiorazzi).
  • Collection Development in the Twenty-First Century Law Library: A Bibliographic Essay, in Beyond the Books: People, Politics, and Librarianship 65 (Leslie A. Lee & Michelle M. Wu eds., 2007).
  • Unemployment Insurance Law: Guide to Internet and Library Resources.
  • Book Review, 94 L. Lib. J. 108 (2002) (reviewing William D. Goren, Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act: An Overview for Lawyers (2000)), also available at
  • Kentucky Legal Research Manual (2d ed., 2002) (co-author, with Kurt X. Metzmeier & Amy B. Osborne).
  • Cyberlaw Guide
  • Helpful Hints on Deciphering Legal Citations
  • UCITA Guide


  • Co-presenter, Evolving from Snoozing to Using: Increasing Student-Centered Learning Using Educational Technology (AALL Annual Mtg., Portland, Or., July 14, 2008).