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Katherine Simpson

Director of Strategy and Communications University Library

As Director of Strategy and Communication for the American University Library, Katherine coordinates strategic planning, assessment, and marketing. She oversees the Library's internal and external communications, events, and marketing staff and is an active member of the Library's Research Commons and Space Planning project teams. Katherine previously served as the Associate Director for Organizational Development, working on planning, training, performance management, and other HR programs for the Library. She has experience in various public services roles at both academic and public libraries. She is the co-author of chapter titled “Succession Planning and the Talent Management Toolbox,” published in Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources, edited by Kiyomi D. Deards and Gene R. Springs (2014). She has presented nationally on succession planning and other areas of planning, including space projects and strategy. She is also a past recipient of an American University Teamwork Award.


MS, Human Resource Management, American University BFA, West Virginia University

University Library
Bender Library - 137
Contact Info
(202) 885-3225 (Office)

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