The Auraria Library resumed limited in-person services starting Aug. 17th. For additional information, please visit the Auraria Library Safe Return Plan page.

Close Menu

Sommer Browning

Sommer Browning

Associate Director Technical Services Division


staff photo

Role in the Library

As the Associate Director of Technical Services, Sommer oversees the division that purchases and provides on and off campus access to all of the Library’s databases, journals, and other learning materials, administers interlibrary loan services, maintains the physical collections, and manages the software that runs the library.

More About

Sommer first started working in libraries as an undergraduate when she was a page (AKA book shelver) at the Central Rappahannok Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Since then she's worked at Virginia Commonwealth University, General Theological Seminary, New York University, and SUNY Maritime. In 2013, she joined the staff at Auraria Library.

Awards and Honors

2019 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians program
2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award, CU Denver
2016 Excellence in Leadership Program Fellow, CU System
2015 Excellence in Librarianship Award, CU Denver

Professional Affiliations and Service

2019    Colorado Academic Library Association Mentor
2015-present   National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Education Committee Member
2014-2018   Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Fundraising Committee Member

Education

MSLIS, Long Island University, Library and Information Science
MFA, University of Arizona, Poetry
BA, University of Mary Washington, Philosophy

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

2019    Glazier, R. and Browning, S. “E-Resource Management Strategies for an Informal Consortium,” in Transforming Acquisitions and Collection Services: Perspectives on Collaboration Within and Across Libraries, Purdue University Press, 

2017    Glazier, R. and Browning, S. Acquisition to Cataloging: Examining the Handoff in Electronic Resources Workflow. Against the Grain, 29(1).

2015    Browning, S. The Discovery–Collection Librarian Connection: Cultivating Collaboration for Better Discovery. Collection Management, 40(4); 197-206.

2015    Browning, S. Data, Data, Everywhere, Nor Any Time to Think: DIY Analysis of E-resource Access Problems. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(1); 26-34.

Books (selected)

2018    Co-editor, Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel: Innovative Meditations on Librarianship, Library Juice Press

2015    The Circle Book. Cuneiform Press, an artist book

2014    Backup Singers. Birds, LLC, a collection of poetry

2011    Either Way I’m Celebrating. Birds, LLC, a collection of poetry and comics  

Curriculum Vitae

Download

Staff Picks Curated by Me

Ask Us Chat

Use this chat box to ask a librarian for research help. We’re available 24/7! (Holidays excluded.)

Text

Text us your questions to 720-438-4446. We’ll answer from 9 am to 6 pm during the week and reply to after hours questions the next morning. (Your provider rates will apply.)

In-Person

  • What Help is Available?
    Please visit our Safe Return page for the latest updates about what services are currently available.

  • Visit the Ask Us Desk
    The Ask Us Service Desk is located on the first floor of the Library and provides in-person help by answering questions about the Library, Campus, or three Institutions. This service also loans anatomical items, technology items (such as phone charges and calculators), plus course reserves, or textbooks, for some classes. Please visit the Safe Return page for information about when this service will be available.

  • Research Consultations
    Research consultations are for in-depth and lengthy discussions about research questions. Please use Schedule a Research Consultation Form to request an appointment. We can help you out via Zoom or over the phone. Due to the level of preparation needed, appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. If you need immediate help, please use our 24/7 chat service.

Call

For general library information, as well as for questions about borrowing, renewing, or returning library materials, call 303-315-7763.

  • Friendly Man with a checklist

    Let's get started with using the library tools!

    Take a quick tour to learn about the research tools on this page.