Deputy Director for Public Affairs & Community Engagement, The Kansas City Public Library

Carrie Coogan is Deputy Director at the Kansas City Public Library.  She fosters the involvement of the Library as a vital part of the city, providing free access to information and resources for every member of the community, encouraging literacy, and supporting lifelong learning. Her work is done through an array of public programs and bridging the digital divide by providing free access to the Internet, using innovative solutions to enhance services and programs to the community. She oversees digital engagement at the Library including a hotspot lending program, Career Online High School, Google Fellow/P2PU project, an award winning digital encyclopedia of local history, and the Community of Readers initiative.  Currently she works across the region to bridge the digital divide in Kansas City, leading efforts as a founding member and current President of the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Coalition. Carrie is the Library’s coordinator on federal initiatives with a Kansas City footprint such as ConnectHome, ConnectEd, and the Community Connectivity Initiative as well as Directing Council member of NDIA.  Previously she was the Executive Director of Literacy Kansas City and a reporter with a 15-year career in television and radio.