Associate Director Technical Services Division
Role in the Library
As the Associate Director of Technical Services, Sommer manages the team 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 oversees the software that runs the library.
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.
Professional Affiliations and Service
2015-present National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Education Committee Member
2014-2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Fundraising Committee Member
MSLIS, Long Island University, Library and Information Science
MFA, University of Arizona, Poetry
BA, University of Mary Washington, Philosophy
2017 Glazier, R. and Browning, S. (2017) Acquisition to Cataloging: Examining the Handoff in Electronic Resources Workflow. Against the Grain, 29(1).
2015 Browning, S. (2015). The Discovery–Collection Librarian Connection: Cultivating Collaboration for Better Discovery. Collection Management, 40(4); 197-206.
2015 Browning, S. (2015). Data, Data, Everywhere, Nor Any Time to Think: DIY Analysis of E-resource Access Problems. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(1); 26-34.
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