Hannah Sommers

As a librarian at NPR, Hannah Sommers aids reporters and production staff seeking audio clips and other information that is critical to telling a story in sound. She also contributes to the maintenance of NPR's expansive audio archives.

Sommers first came to NPR as a library intern in the summer of 2001. Following her internship she spent two years as a legal research librarian in Austin, Texas. She returned to NPR in early 2005. Before pursuing graduate work Sommers lived in China for two years, teaching English to Chinese college students.

While she enjoys keeping up with the daily demands from reporters to find audio ranging from vintage campaign ads to the latest presidential sound bite, she is particularly proud of the training program she developed with other librarians to teach NPR staff new research tools and coach them in best research practices.

Sommers received her BA in English and Natural Science with a minor in ESL from Goshen College in Indiana. In 2002 she earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband reside in Washington, D.C. When she's not at work she enjoys cooking and eating with her dinner club.

This month, the NPR Arts Desk has been exploring the role of public libraries in the U.S. and how it's evolved over the years. The fascinating series, Keys to the Whole World: American Public Libraries, got us curious about what's happening in our own library at NPR. It provides instrumental services to staff from research and training, to developing massive music and radio story databases, to preserving and digitizing NPR's huge collection of audio.