Strategic Initiatives Manager
Kansas City Public LibraryWendy Pearson, Strategic Initiatives Manager at the Kansas City Public Library, leads the development and implementation of services for patrons in pursuit of digital life skills, sustainable employment, and lifelong learning. Since joining the Library in 2016 as the Digital Inclusion Fellow, a position sponsored by Google Fiber, Wendy has cultivated numerous new community partnerships and created Tech Access to expand the Library’s impact on KC’s digital divide. Tech Access, a collection of resources to support library patrons in pursuit of digital literacy and workforce skills, includes Tech Coaches-community volunteers who provide digital training at the library, a mobile computer lab to provide training within and beyond library walls, community partnerships to expand impact, and learning pathways that include skills assessments, curriculum, and learner feedback.
Wendy is also the project director in Accelerating Promising Practices: Digital Inclusion, supported by the Institute of Museums and Library Services, through which KCPL serves as the mentor institution to 10 small and rural libraries across the nation as they develop digital literacy and resources for their communities.
Wendy has served her community through a variety of nonprofit roles for over 11 years including fund development, marketing, volunteer management, and program development. Her professional objective is to promote self-efficacy within individuals of her community and support lifelong learning.