DC Public Library Hires Human Resources Staff

News Releases

DC Public Library Hires Human Resources Staff

Responsibilities Will Include a Focus on High-Performance Culture

The D.C. Public Library has named Barbara L. Kirven director of human resources and Angela R. Simpson workforce training and development manager.

Kirven will head the library’s Human Resources Department. Her responsibilities will include partnering with library staff and management to implement strategic human capital, organization structure, recruitment and retention programs that foster an employee-oriented, high-performance culture. In addition, Kirven will play a key role in developing and communicating the library's vision and strategies.

Kirven comes to the library from Anne Arundel Community College where she was the executive director of human resources. In this capacity, she led the daily operations for all human resources functional areas. Notably Kirven increased applicant pools and reduced paper use by implementing a Web-based applicant system. In addition, she co-chaired the college’s two-year cross-functional team that developed the first diversity plan in the school's history.

Kirven earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in student personnel administration and counseling from Howard University. She’s also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Simpson brings 14 years of experience in Human Resource Management and training to the Library. Most recently, Simpson served as a human resource development representative at Safeway, where she managed the company’s $10 million training program. Simpson also developed programs that assessed and addressed staff developmental needs, integrating self-study and on-the-job training.
Simpson will develop training and development policies and procedures for the library in accordance with the library’s strategic plans, goals and objectives. Simpson will also develop and monitor the overall training plan for the library and support supervisors and managers in developing and executing individual training plans.

Simpson attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she studied economics and political science. In addition, Simpson is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.