About Katherine

Current interests:

As of March 31, 2018, Katherine Kott Consulting is closed. Feel free to contact me for information about other academic library and/or organization development consultants.

I remain engaged in organization development and technology through board service to Programs in Bowen Theory.

Professional background:

My consulting practice is based on a strong foundation of education and experience. I have been a manager and leader as well as an internal and external consultant in a variety of environments. In the Stanford University Libraries, as a manager and internal organizational development consultant, I worked in an atmosphere characterized by the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial spirit.

As Director of Implementation Services at Innovative Interfaces, Inc., I learned what it takes to succeed in a deadline driven environment with a bottom-line focus. My awareness of the challenges introducing new technology can create grew as I worked with client libraries of all types.

During my tenure as a Systems Librarian and member of the Information Services Management Team at Bates College, two opportunities inspired me to learn more about organization development. A Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute I attended at Wellesley included a professional development module to help participants think about career paths.  That opportunity for reflection made me realize that what I loved about my work was meeting the adaptive pressures organizations face as the surrounding environments change.

While working on the Aquifer project for the Digital Library Federation, I learned about the Fielding Graduate University program in Human and Organizational Systems. In September 2007, I entered the Fielding program. and used my studies to develop my consulting practice. In July 2012, I completed my PhD in Human and Organizational Systems.

Decades earlier, I had completed a Masters in Library Science at Wayne State University. My undergraduate education, also at Wayne State, was at Monteith College, which offered an interdisciplinary liberal arts education within a large urban research university.

For more information, consult my Resume.

Personal background:

My husband Joe, a transportation planning consultant and adjunct professor and I live in Oakland, California with our dogs Gabby and Hazel. We are fortunate that both of our adult children live nearby. Joe and I enjoy spending time with our family, watching movies, hiking with the dogs, and travel, as well as being tourists in the beautiful area we call home.