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, supporting lifelong learning through an array of public programs, bridging the digital divide by providing free access to the Internet, using innovative solutions to enhance services and resources to the community and serving as a gracious space for community gatherings. She oversees a number of successful and innovative initiatives for the Library including Career Online High School, Peer 2 Peer University Learning Circles Curriculum and digital education and literacy across the library system including community partners. Carrie also oversee the Digital Branch of the Library including the website and an award winning digital encyclopedia of local history, in addition she oversees the Public Affairs department which includes a robust special events speakers series which includes national speakers and authors Condoleezza Rice, Jill LePore, Robin Givhan, Jeffrey Rosen and the cast of Queer Eye. The Public Affairs team also produces local and national current events series on topics like Eviction, What Makes a Great City, Urban Education and Equal Rights.
Currently she works with others in the community to develop a comprehensive and collaborative solution to bridge the digital divide in Kansas City, leading efforts at the Library to leverage its status to play a lead role. In particular she acts as the Library's coordinator on federal initiatives with a Kansas City footprint such as Envision Centers/ConnectHome, ConnectEd, and the Community Connectivity Initiative. Carrie is a founding member and current President of the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion, serves on the board of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and is also a member of Schools, Health, Libraries and Broadband Coalition (SHLB).
Previously she served as the Executive Director of Literacy Kansas City. In addition to her leadership work for non-profits, Carrie has an extensive background in television and radio. She spent 13 years as an on-air reporter for Fox4 News, WDAF-TV, and she spent six years as a co-host of a local morning radio show. In her spare time Carrie is an avid reader, runner, and favorite aunt of 18 nieces and nephews.