Director, Strategic Planning and Assessment
Indianapolis Public Library
Chris Cairo, Director, Strategic Planning and Assessment, Indianapolis Public Library
She has been a public librarian throughout her career, originally at the Detroit Public Library, the Kent County Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Kokomo Public Library in Indiana. For 32 years she held a variety of positions with the Indianapolis Public Library, including Coordinator of Children's Services, Director of Project and Program Development, and most recently, Director, Strategic Planning and Assessment. Her accomplishments include, expanding a summer reading program from 3,000 to 58,000 participants, developing an award winning literacy and technology center (THE LEARNING CURVE) at Central Library in Indianapolis, as well as obtaining IMLS funding to open a full service branch library in The Indianapolis Children's Museum. She created the Immigrant Outreach Program Specialist position which she supervised from 2008 to 2015. Immigrant outreach accomplishments include, The NEA Big Read initiative focused on Ethiopian author Dinaw Mengestu, One Book, Two Cities reading initiative with Cologne, Germany, and Read, Snap and Share reading program in cooperation with Hangzhou, China. Indianapolis Library staff participated in a staff exchange between the Hangzhou and Cologne Public Libraries. Khalid Hosseini was the guest speaker at the 39th Marion McFadden Memorial Lecture and the Library skyped a lecture by author John Green with Cologne, Germany. English for Life and Work classes were offered in both Chin and Karen Burmese languages and citizenship classes were developed to help immigrants become US citizens. In cooperation with the Immigrant Outreach center, bilingual story times were held regularly in the branches. An early literacy conference introduced teachers to diversity issues. As Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment, she is currently responsible for the stewardship of the Indianapolis Public Library's strategic plan, measuring the performance of the Library, and demonstrating community impact.